Brian Thomas reports white nationalists of Unite the Right bearing torches clashed violently with counter-protesters at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, causing the city to declare a state of emergency Saturday morning.
The state of Virginia said that the gathering was an “unlawful assembly” and ordered hundreds of Unite the Right rally-goers and counter-protesters to “disperse immediately.”
Fox News is reporting that at least one person has been killed after a car plowed into the crowd.
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One video captures a police officer with a megaphone announcing “If you do not disperse immediately you will be arrested.”
Many white nationalists carried torches and Confederate flags and several fights broke out in the crowd.
According to a statement by the University of Virginia, several university community members were injured.
The Associated Press authorities are at the scene after a car plowed into marching demonstrators, killing one:
An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately afterward the incident. It occurred approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.
The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them.
Charlottesville has become a centerpoint for rallies after City Council changed the name of Lee Park to Emancipation Park and currently litigates a decision to remove the park’s statue of Confederate General Robery E. Lee.
Unite the Right and other white nationalists certainly do not represent Conservatives.
President Trump tweeted “There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let us come together as one!” while Vice President Pence wrote “U.S. is greatest when we join together and oppose those seeking to divide us.”
First Lady Melania Trump also tweeted about the clash, saying “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate without hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.”
There certainly has been violence among the demonstrations in Charlottesville, first responders treating eight for injuries, while only one person was arrested.
ABC News reports:
As of about 12:30 p.m., Charlottesville police reported that one person had been arrested and eight people had been treated for injuries by emergency workers.
Saturday’s far-right rally and clashes came after a Friday night march by torch-bearing white nationalists on and near the University of Virginia campus, which resulted in brawls with protesters countering the event.
[…] On Friday night, hundreds of white nationalists carrying torches and chanting “white lives matter,” “you will not replace us,” and the Nazi-associated phrase “blood and soil” marched near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia, and were met by counterprotesters.
[…] University President Teresa A. Sullivan, “strongly condemned the demonstration,” the statement said, adding that the “intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protesters was wrong.”
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer called the event “a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance,” adding that he was “beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.”
It’s estimated that Saturday’s demonstrations and counter-protests consisted of more than 1,000 people.
The community is preparing for future demonstrations.