University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan condemned demonstrators who participated in a white-nationalist march on the campus Friday night. The march was a preview of a larger planned white-nationalist event called “Unite the Right” scheduled for Saturday.
Sullivan said she was “deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior” displayed at the planned event.
“I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including University personnel who were attempting to maintain order,” Sullivan’s statement read. Sullivan called the “violence” displayed during the march on “intolerable” and “entirely inconsistent with the University’s values.”
Marchers held lighted tiki torches as they walked the campus grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday, chanting slogans like “white lives matter,” “you will not replace us,” and the Nazi rallying call, “blood and soil.” Some apparent altercations erupted during the march, as captured on live-streamed video. Counter-protesters could be heard on video shouting “black lives matter.”