Two Antioch College students in Charlottesville said they never will forget what they saw when protests turned deadly.
“People were running in every direction. It was like a bomb had gone off. It was chaos, it was pandemonium,” said Spencer Glazer, a photojournalism major who wanted to document Saturday’s event.
Glazer and Daniel Cox drove to Virginia to counter a white supremacist rally in protest of the removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.
Both men were marching down the streets when the car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, struck a group of people, killing one woman and injuring more than 30 others. Cox called it an “act of terrorism.”
Glazer and Cox said they will continue to demonstrate against the alt-right wherever they may rally.
“This is an organized group of people that identify as Nazis and I don’t know who is willing to stand with them,” Cox said. “I’ve seen a very organized and well-oiled machine that needs to be stopped.”
While the two friends and fellow students at the college in Yellow Springs knew they were going against alt-right protestors, Glazer said one thing stood out: “They are not afraid. They came without wearing masks. They came with riot shields. The came ready to pen aggression on people.”
The two said they are are speaking out against hate groups and want others to stand up when they see hate speech and violence.