Photos: KKK Rally Clashes With Counter-Protesters, Police in Virginia

A city spokesperson confirmed to NBC's affiliate WVIR that 23 people were arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday in protest of the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which was vandalized overnight.

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The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments.
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Counter protestors link arms in front of riot police after a rally staged by the Ku Klux Klan on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments.
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A Ku Klux Klan member is escorted out of Justice Park after a planned protest by the Klan on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments.
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Officers clash with counter protestors after the Ku Klux Klan staged a protest on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments.
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A member of the Ku Klux Klan looks on during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017. The afternoon rally in this quiet university town has been authorized by officials in Virginia and stirred heated debate in America, where critics say the far right has been energized by Donald Trump's election to the presidency.
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A member of the Ku Klux Klan looks on during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017. The afternoon rally in this quiet university town has been authorized by officials in Virginia and stirred heated debate in America, where critics say the far right has been energized by Donald Trump's election to the presidency.
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Members of the Ku Klux Klan gesture during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017.
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The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments.
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A protestor has his face washed after being tear gassed during a counter protest to the Ku Klux Klan on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments.
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Members of the Ku Klux Klan arrive for a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017.
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A protester is arrested before members of the Ku Klux Klan arrive for a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who oversaw Confederate forces in the U.S. Civil War.
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