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Chaos erupted during the first Charlottesville City Council meeting since the violent 'Unite the Right' rally

The Charlottesville City Council voted to cover Confederate statues as Heather Heyer is mourned


Updated August 22, 2017 08:16 AM EDT

According to the Daily Progress, council members voted early Tuesday morning to cover the Lee and Jackson statues as a way to mourn Heather Heyer, a woman who was killed at the rally August 12.

The Daily Progress also reports that members voted to seek ways to remove both statues from the city.

Chaos erupted inside the first Charlottesville City Council meeting held since a white nationalist rally in the city turned violent on Aug. 12, making national headlines.

Mayor Mike Signer began the meeting by trying to read a resolution for the three victims who died, but was interrupted several times by demonstrators, according to Circa's affiliate WSET.

Activists then stormed the desk with a sign that read "blood on your hands" while shouting, "resign, resign, resign."

City council members ended up leaving the bench as people were shouting at them.

Witnesses said three people were arrested.

Dr. Wes Bellamy, the vice mayor, started shouting over top of people asking them to come to the podium and address their concerns civilly.

There was a lot of cursing and vulgar hand gestures as well.

The people holding the sign then got down from the desk and Bellamy turned the meeting into a town hall setting.

Watch the livestream provided by the City of Charlottesville here.

University of Virginia students then marched to the rotunda on campus to talk about violence in Charlottesville.

UVA president Teresa Sullivan was also reportedly in the audience.

Students are requesting several things be done on campus, according to media in Charlottesville. Some of those demands included removing Confederate plaques from the Rotunda on campus, denouncing Jason Kessler and hate groups from the grounds, requiring students to get education on white supremacy and slavery as it relates to Thomas Jefferson, and renaming buildings named after white supremacists or slave owners.

Our affiliate WSET provided this report.

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