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The Rally for Justice began as a demonstration on UVA's Grounds on Saturday, but the group make its way through the streets of Charlottesville and all the way to the Downtown Mall.
One year ago, white supremacists led a surprise torch march at UVA. But this year, UVA Students United, Black Lives Matter, Anti-Fascist and community members joined forces to protest.
Chants included "no justice, no peace," "take the statues down," and anti-police messages such as "last year they came with torches, this year, they came with badges."
Demonstrators started near the Rotunda and then took off through neighborhoods along Rugby Road, Preston Avenue, 10th Street and West Main Street.
They marched on the Downtown Mall, moved toward Market Street Park, but turned away.
Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy commented on the rally when saying, "They weren't doing anything that was unlawful. And I asked if you could why the students would be upset when they see a hundred cops in riot gear that just escalates the situation."
In the neighborhoods where the group marched, people came outside of their homes and from restaurants and businesses with applause and words of gratitude.
Group members say they will be back again Sunday morning to continue their protest.