Though the vast majority of the violence that took place last weekend at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville was either perpetuated or provoked by white supremacists, counter-protesters reportedly assaulted bystanders as well.
According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, “at least two journalists in Charlottesville were assaulted by people protesting the Klan/Nazi/alt-right rally.”
In a Twitter thread, Tapper shared the stories of two of the journalists attacked — The Hill‘s Taylor Lorenz and an unidentified photojournalist with a Richmond, Virginia CBS affiliate.
We had a photojournalist attacked tonight by someone in the crowd that is marching. He had to get stitches. pic.twitter.com/lHM2kNetqE
— WTVR CBS 6 Richmond (@CBS6) August 14, 2017
Tapper’s thread also contained a link to a statement by Antifa Seven Hills, an antifascist group near Charlottesville. In their statement, they claim the CBS journalist did not identify himself and was likely inebriated — a statement Tapper refuted.
6/ Antifa posted this on FB about the assault which a source at the station says is full of out-and-out lies. https://t.co/8fKJ7AH0fO
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2017
“These are unprovoked assaults on journalists doing their jobs, by those marching against the hateful racists,” Tapper said at the conclusion of his thread. “Disgusting.”