They were also heard chanting “white lives matter”, “Jews will not replace us”, and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil”.
Protesters at the Unite the Right march rally in Charlottesville have been heard chanting “fuck you faggots”, in shocking footage captured by Huffington Post reporter Christopher Mathias.
Video footage shows a large number of attendees at the rally shouting the homophobic abuse whilst holding Confederate flags and racist symbols.
The rally began on Friday, when hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials, specifically the Robert Edward Lee sculpture in Emancipation Park.
Protesters marched through the University of Virginia’s campus with torches, chanting “white lives matter”, “Jews will not replace us” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil”.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 12, 2017
Counter-protesters gathered around the statue of Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University, and several vicious brawls ensued, with some spraying chemical irritants.
19 pedestrians were injured and a 32-year-old female was killed when a speeding vehicle plowed into a large crowd of people protesting the rally.
A Virginia State Police helicopter on the way to assist with the rally also crashed, killing two troopers on board.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and sent out a message to the white supremacists: “Go home… Shame on you. You pretend you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.”
Gov. McAuliffe to white supremacists: "Go home… Shame on you. You pretend you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot" pic.twitter.com/RkJd142Kfc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2017
The Southern Poverty Law Centre has called the protest the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States”, believing to have attracted approximately 6,000 people.
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis condemned the supremacists at the rally: “GLAAD and countless LGBTQ Americans stand firmly together with other marginalized communities to denounce these disgusting threats and cowardly fear tactics.
“To the young Americans in Charlottesville who are LGBTQ or people of color: You are loved and you are perfect the way you are.”
Some counter-protesters have been heard chanting, “We’re here, we’re gay, we fight the KKK!” in response to the homophobic abuse.
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) August 12, 2017
Donald Trump addressed the events at the rally, but came under fire for failing to label it as a terrorist attack by white supremacists.
The President said: “We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.
“What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order.”
He also tweeted: “We must remember this truth: No matter our colour, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST.”
We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST. pic.twitter.com/FesMiQSKKn
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017