The Latest: First Lady condemns violence in Charlottesville

8/12/2017 10:10:03 AM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The Latest on the white nationalist rally being held in Charlottesville (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

First Lady Melania Trump is calling for peace after violent clashes broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Trump said Saturday on Twitter: ""Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let"s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.""

Hundreds of white nationalists and counter protestors faced off Saturday in downtown Charlottesville, with several violent clashes erupting.

It"s the latest confrontation in the city since it voted to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.


12:35 p.m.

The NHL"s Detroit Red Wings released a statement denouncing the use of their logo at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and saying they are considering legal action to stop it.

The team says it ""vehemently"" disagrees with and is not associated with the event. The Red Wings add they are ""exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.""

A Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings uses the Red Wings" logo. The organization posted on its Twitter account that members had arrived in Charlottesville.


12:25 p.m.

Virginia"s governor has declared a state of emergency in response to a white nationalist rally that is expected to draw up to 6,000 people.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said via his Twitter account on Saturday morning that the declaration was made in order ""to aid state response to violence"" at the rally in Charlottesville, about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

It"s the latest confrontation in the city since it voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

The city"s manager also declared a local emergency and police ordered people to disperse from the area around the statue after several violent clashes broke out.


Hundreds of people are facing off in Charlottesville ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the Virginia city"s downtown.

Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.

Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a ""pro-white"" rally to protest Charlottesville"s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.

There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.