Violence breaks out in US's Virginia province

Hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches clashed briefly with counter-protesters on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia on Friday, the eve of a rally planned by thousands of white nationalists.

The marchers chanted on their walk through the sprawling campus, which began at Nameless Field, and were met by the counter-protesters when they arrived at the school's Thomas Jefferson statue.

Both groups threw punches and pushed each other as police arrived to break up the clash. At least one person was arrested and several on campus were treated for minor injuries.

The clash came the night before an estimated 2,000 to 6,000 people were to attend a Unite the Right rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park on Saturday.

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