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UVA reacts to white nationalist march on campus and Charlottesville clashes

UVA reacts to white nationalist march on campus and Charlottesville clashes
From USA Today - August 12, 2017

Citing ongoing public safety concerns in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia canceled all events as of noon Saturday in the wake of white nationalists bearing torches marching through campus Friday night and clashes erupting in town Saturday.

In a statement posted online, the university said the medical center would remain open, but that all academic programming, the scheduled community discussions taking place in the University Libraries, and all UVA Athletic events and programming, were canceled.

The university said UVA President Teresa Sullivan strongly condemned the intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protestors on campus Friday night, and reaffirmed the universitys commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as to First Amendment rights.

A protester was arrested on campus and several injuries were reported Friday night. One of the injured was a UVA police officer hurt while making an arrest, the university confirmed in a statement, and the injured included members of the UVA community.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday as armed militia groups descended on a Charlottesville park and clashes erupted among multiple groups of demonstrators and counter-protesters.

On social media, some UVA students criticized the administrations handling of the white nationalist demonstration on campus.

Others defended the university and stood against hate.

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