On August 12, 2017, Reuters contract cameraman, Greg Savoy, found himself in the thick of violent clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer was killed during the confrontation. One year on, Savoy recounts his experience covering the story.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON, D.C. (REUTERS, BRENNAN GILMORE) – On August 12th, 2017 Reuters contract cameraman, Greg Savoy found himself in the thick of deadly clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer was killed during the violence.
Heyer’s death capped a day of clashes after hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and others descended upon the city, drawing national attention to the “alt right” movement that had grown bolder since President Donald Trump’s election.
Trump faced intense criticism after the protests when he seemed to equate the white nationalists with the counter-protesters, saying there were “very fine people on both sides.”
With the anniversary approaching,law enforcement agencies have made extensive plans to combat any potential violence, though the leader of last year’s gathering, local white nationalist Jason Kessler, failed to secure a permit for a sequel this year. Instead, he has obtained a permit to hold a rally in Washington outside the White House.