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Alt-Right activist Christopher Cantwell is interviewed by VICE News Tonight Friday in McIntire Park one day prior to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo:The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff)

UVA Police issued warrants for the arrest of a white nationalist featured in a Vice News segment


The University of Virginia Police Department has obtained warrants against a man involved in the Unite the Right rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, according to Circa's affiliate WSET.

Christopher Cantwell, of Keene, New Hampshire, is wanted for two counts of felony illegal use of tear gas, phosgene and other gases, and one count of felony malicious bodily injury by means of any caustic substance of agent or use of any explosive or fire.

The warrants stem from incidents on the UVA grounds during the evening of Aug. 11.

White nationalists, led by Jason Kessler, carried torches on their march from Nameless Field to the Lawn, before ending at the Thomas Jefferson Statue by the Rotunda, chanting things like: “White Lives Matter,” “You will not replace us!” and “Whose streets? Our streets!”

There were counter-protesters at the Jefferson Statue who were reportedly linked arm-in-arm as the white nationalists continued their chanting.

The White Nationalists encircled the counter-protesters.

Police are asking Cantwell to turn himself in immediately to any police agency.


Cantwell was featured prominently as a strident voice for white nationalism in a Vice News segment that aired on Monday, Aug. 14.

Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have also been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast.

Cantwell was listed on rally flyers and labeled an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A former information technology worker who moved to New Hampshire from New York in 2012, the 36-year-old Cantwell describes himself as a white nationalist and said he voted for President Donald Trump. He has a podcast and blog that promote his views.

Cantwell says Facebook shut down his account in an attempt to silence him for his views. He also said his PayPal account had been closed.

“Frankly, whatever you think of my views, that is very scary to me,” he said. “Facebook and Instagram is one thing but not being able to participate in the financial system because of your political opinions is something that, you know, people should worry about in America.”

American Terrorist Christopher Cantwell balls his eyes out

Police said since this is an active and ongoing criminal investigation, they will not be providing any further information.

Any additional witnesses or victims from the incidents on the UVA ground on Aug. 11 should contact police at 434-924-7166 or police@virginia.edu.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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