Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after auto plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville.
At about 1:45 p.m., a auto turned towards a crowd counter-protesters and drove straight into it before driving off, according to witnesses. "Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry". "Let's come together as one!" A large contingent of white nationalist rallygoers holding shields and swinging wooden clubs rushed through a line of counterprotesters. They believe that your counter-protest helps their cause.
Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign a year ago. "This is the risky culture that having a Bully in Chief in the White House has created".
Jason Kessler, a blogger who organised the rally, said in a phone interview that his group dispersed after police declared the assembly to be unlawful. Witnesses criticized police for not intervening initially, though police began donning riot gear as the morning went on. Rally organizers say this should be grounds for a lawsuit.
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First lady Melania Trump also to put out a comment on the demonstrations, as did the President's homeland security and counterterrorism aide, Thomas Bossert. Trump said Saturday on Twitter: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts". "No good comes from violence". A Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings uses the Red Wings' logo. However, in advance of tomorrow's rally there have been communications from extremist groups, many of which are located outside of Virginia, who may seek to commit acts of violence against rally participants or law enforcement officials.
Violence has broken out ahead of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, forcing city, county and state authorities to declare a state of emergency. Militia members in the city openly carried rifles, although no gunfire was reported. City officials had announced earlier this week that the protest must be moved to a different park further from the downtown area as they expect thousands of protestors to show up.
University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan condemned demonstrators who participated in a white-nationalist march on the campus Friday night.
It is unclear if anyone was injured or arrested.