The brawl at the University of Virginia came ahead of a much larger rally planned for Saturday, when thousands are expected for what monitors described as the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the US”. 
The “alt-Right” demonstrators gathered late on Friday and chanted “blood and soil” and “one people, one nation, end immigration” as they carried burning torches through the university campus.
“Blood and soil” was a phrase commonly used by the Nazis to hail their ideas about racial superiority and traditional rural life.  
The mostly male crowd marched through the empty campus in Charlottesville and rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson, who designed the university’s grounds. 
There they clashed with a small group of counter-protesters, who had linked arms around the statue. Several people were injured as punches were exchanged and pepper-spray was fired. 
Mike Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, called the white nationalist march “a cowardly parade of hatred, …
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