August 12, 2017
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency Saturday after hundreds of people faced off ahead of a white nationalist protest.
The incident happened before a "Unite the Right" rally that had been set in Charlottesville, Virgina, to protest the town's plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a local park.
Supporters and counter-protesters butted heads, leading to an ugly scene in the city's downtown area.
But a separate group of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia carrying tiki torches for the same cause Friday night, an act that drew much criticism and mockery throughout social media amid the tense situation.
Here are some examples:
Me whenever I'm in Walmart and see someone copping a Tiki torch now pic.twitter.com/XtPOzvkvtH— Tristan (@AyoTristan) August 12, 2017
when Home Depot has a tiki torch sale pic.twitter.com/NzwqZDlgxM— ken klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) August 12, 2017
Nothing says "I'm a tough white guy" like marching with a tiki torch.— andy lassner (@andylassner) August 12, 2017
When Billy Joel doesn't come out for a second encore at Wrigley Field. pic.twitter.com/Nn7CM8C6O3— Tiki Torch Wielder (@TimBaffoe) August 12, 2017
100 sexless men walk into a Wal-Mart: "We'll take all the polos and tiki torches that you've got." pic.twitter.com/l2ICWelrpx— Robert Mays (@robertmays) August 12, 2017
A university spokesperson said that one person was arrested and that several others were injured during the campus demonstration.
The clashes took a tragic turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters peacefully demonstrating against the planned white nationalist rally in the city, killing one person and injuring at least 26.
The driver was arrested.
Read more on the incident here.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.