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At least half a dozen people have been detained in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Black Lives Matter supporters and members of a Ku Klux Klan group have engaged in a public standoff, according to a reporter from RT.

The dual protest comes after the city council decided to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from a park and rename the area 'Emancipation Park'. The monument has been on the site since the 1920s.

Furious members of KKK group the Loyal White Knights have now turned out to Charlottesville's Justice Park to protest the move.
"[On] July 8th in Virginia we will make a stand for our southern history. They are trying to erase whites and our great culture right out of the history books," a statement on the group's website reads.
In response, members of Black Lives Matter movement and the Charlottesville Showing Up for Racial Justice group have gathered in the same park to oppose their message.

RT reporter Alexander Rubinstein has said at least six people have been detained by police officers at the standoff. Footage from the rally shows Klan members giving white power salutes while supporters of the counter demo chant "Black Lives Matter."

The Loyal White Knights say they do not hate any group of people but do hate homosexuality and race-mixing.
"We do hate some things that certain groups are doing to our race and our nation," the website reads. "We hate drugs, homosexuality, abortion and race-mixing, because these things go against God's law and they are destroying all white nations."
Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer had urged people not to take notice of the Loyal White Knight's "putrid bait".
"They only thing they seem to want is division and confrontation and a twisted kind of celebrity," he said.
RT.com has contacted the Charlottesville Police Department for comment.