Two protesters at the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA said they do not agree with the group's hateful views but do support their right to peacefully assemble.

Alt-right activists and Ku Klux Klan members gathered at the "Unite the Right" rally at the University of Virginia on Saturday to protest the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the state earlier today when the rally turned violent.

One of the protesters carried a Glock 19 in case he "feared for his life," which he said he had not at all so far.

"What I see going down with local politics, city council, they're denying people their right to ... speak freely however distasteful their views may be," he told Fox News.

"There's a lot of views being espoused here today that I do not agree with, but I do agree with their right to say it," he continued.

A counter-protester, an African-American man, said he came to take a stand against what the rally represents.


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"I am here because we are opposed to everything that this so-called unity group, confederate group is for," he told Fox News. "I know what suffering people endured and Lee represented that."

"I agree with this gentleman who just spoke that there is no need not to let these people speak," he continued.

"I've been carefully watching them. I don't have my weapon with me, but I do own one, and I can get it if I need it."


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