Charlottesville protester backtracks on white supremacy after chase

Charlottesville protester backtracks on white supremacy after chase
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Footage has emerged of the moment an apparent white supremacist rescinded his allegiance to the notorious rally in Charlottesville moments after being chased down by counter-protesters.

The anonymous man can be seen sprinting away to a barricade in front of armed police, flanked by at least four men who had been attending a demonstration against the rally.

He later admitted that "bunch of guys scared the sh*t out of [him]".

"I'm not really white power, man - I just came here for the fun. F**k, I'm sorry," he says in the footage, as he stops running away and faces those chasing him.

He then began to remove his white shirt and helmet, raising his hands in surrender, before adding: "I just came here to watch."

"You can't just take your costume off," the man filming replies.

After police push people out of the area, the camera operator continues speaking to the man, asking him whether he was a genuine white supremacist.

"Apparently not," he said.

"It's kind of just a fun idea, being able to say, 'Hey man, white power,' you know? To be quite honest, I love being offensive - it's fun."

The man has not been identified. He was one of hundreds who had participated in Charlottesville's Unite the Right march - an event characterised by Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and a fatal terror attack.

Police have identified James Alex Fields Jr as the driver of a car that crashed into a group of counter-protesters at the rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.