1 Dead, 19 Injured as Car Plows Into Group of Counterprotesters Amid Violence at White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

• Video of the incident shows a gray Dodge Challenger driving quickly down a narrow side street lined with walking protesters. Police anticipated the rally would attract as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people, and the Southern Poverty Law Center said it could be the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.”

As members of the white nationalist alt-right gather in front of Jefferson statue, counter protesters chant #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/fGmdv7tQwJ
— Tim Dodson (@Tim_Dodson) August 12, 2017

Friday clashes in a city attracting far-right activists
Charlottesville, once home to Thomas Jefferson, is known as a progressive city of about 47,000 people. City officials had tried to “modify” the rally’s permit to move the demonstration from the park with the Lee statue more than a mile away to McIntire Park, citing safety concerns. “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. “It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property,” McAuliffe said. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency “to aid state response to violence,” according to a post on his Twitter account. And finally this is about free speech. The move follows efforts by communities across the South to remove Confederate iconography from public property since the 2015 rampage killings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston by a self-described white supremacist. “If diversity makes you uncomfortable, this is probably not where you want to be” reads a sign that hangs in the entrance of Rodi’s business. Lee. It wasn’t immediately clear how many demonstrators remained in other parts of the city. “In my 47 years of association with @UVA, this was the most nauseating thing I’ve ever seen. The city added that there were 15 other injuries associated with the scheduled rally. We need an exorcism on the Lawn,” Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics tweeted. Saturday’s rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town — a development precipitated by the city’s decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past. I think most of us are just anxious, we don’t want there to be violence,” business owner Michael Rodi said of the rally. “The second issue is being allowed to advocate for your interests as a white person, just like other groups are allowed to advocate for their interests politically. By 1 p.m. (Credit: Paul J. Saturday’s event has residents on edge, and more than 40 local business owners near the park have asked the city to protect them. I urge all people of good will — go home,” Mayor Mike Signer wrote on Twitter. 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. • The declaration was made after fistfights and screaming matches erupted in several locations late Saturday morning. Fistfights and screaming matches erupted Saturday, barely 12 hours after a scuffle Friday night at the nearby University of Virginia between torch-bearing demonstrators and counterprotesters. Eighty percent of its voters choose Hillary Clinton during last year’s election. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer released a statement referring to Friday’s rally as a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.”
“Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” he added. Others expect to be understaffed, with some planning to hand out water and sandwiches to police officers. Richards / AFP / Getty Images)
Virginia’s governor had earlier declared an emergency, and police worked to disperse hundreds of protesters in the college town after clashes broke out ahead of the rally’s scheduled noon ET start. Lets come together as one!”
• Police began to break up crowds shortly before noon after city officials declared the gathering an “unlawful assembly.” Police officers spoke on bullhorns, directing people to leave. People receive first-aid after a car accident ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Police in riot gear stood shoulder to shoulder behind shields early Saturday afternoon, at times advancing toward crowds, CNN video shows. 12, 2017. • Some protesters fired pepper spray at other demonstrators, state police said. Downs didn’t have word on their conditions. But far-right activists and Ku Klux Klan members have come here in recent months, outraged by the city’s intention to remove traces of its links to the Confederacy — including plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. The primary three issues are preserving history against this censorship and revisionism — this political correctness,” he told CNN Friday. “We don’t want to see a bloodbath, we don’t want to see looting, we don’t want to see mass arrests we don’t want to see the police having to turn on citizens,” he added. (Credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP / Getty Images)
‘We don’t want to see a bloodbath’
In February, the city council voted to remove the Lee statue, but that is on hold pending litigation. Robert E. Two city parks that were named after Confederate generals were renamed, including Emancipation Park, the site of Saturday’s rally. City and UVA officials condemned Friday’s march. Friday’s march took place shortly after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction allowing right-wing activists to hold Saturday’s rally. Many businesses came together to discuss their rights and how to protect their staff in anticipation of Saturday’s event. As the sports car retreats, a red athletic shoe falls off the bumper. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. The sports car rams into the back of a silver convertible, and soon the Dodge driver slams the car in reverse, going back up the street at a high rate of speed, dragging its front bumper. Members of the Virginia National Guard also were there. Several people chase the car. Here are the latest developments:
• Seven people were being treated at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, spokeswoman Jen Downs said. Earlier, a group of clergy and other counterdemonstrators, including activist and Harvard professor Cornel West, held hands, prayed and sang, “This Little Light of Mine.”
Police presence was heavy, with more than 1,000 officers expected to be deployed, city officials said. We are simply trying to express ourselves and do a demonstration, and the local government has tried to shut us down.”

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People punched and kicked each other during various scuffles, which often were broken up from within crowds, without police intervention, CNN video shows. • President Donald Trump tweeted: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. A counter-demonstrator marches down the street after a gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis was declared an unlawful gathering on Aug. The group left the university’s grounds when police arrived and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly. Activists and protesters gesture at a man wearing a confederate flag before a KKK rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 8, 2017. Chanting, “Blood and soil” and “You will not replace us,” the group rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson before they clashed with counter-protesters, CNN affiliate WWBT reported. • An unspecified number of protesters have been arrested in Charlottesville, state police said. ET, police had cleared the park where the rally was to be held. But, he said, “we’re going to start standing up for our history.”
“The statue itself is symbolic of a lot of larger issues. “I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the fights, though tensions and rhetoric were running hot. “I have a lot of fears. Jason Kessler, who organized Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally, said he doesn’t consider himself to be a white nationalist. • Virginia Gov. One person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into another car that was navigating through a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, where a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups was to take place, the city tweeted on its verified account.