Virginia police ordered a Charlottesville rally held by tiki torch-bearing white nationalists to be shut down Friday night, declaring the protest "unlawful."
The protesters chanted "white lives matter," "you will not replace us," and "blood and soil," a phrase associated with the Nazis, while marching at the University of Virginia.
Some of the white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters, according to reports.
It's not clear if anyone was injured or arrested ahead of Saturday's Unite the Right rally, which is meant to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.
The university's president, Teresa A. Sullivan, said in a statement Friday she was "deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed."
"I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including university personnel who were attempting to maintain order," Sullivan said.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement he was "beyond disgusted" by the "despicable display of visual intimidation."
The white nationalists have the right to express their "abhorrent" views, as long as such protests remain "peaceful," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement Friday.