Violent clashes erupt in Virginia rally, emergency declared

Violent clashes erupt in Virginia rally, emergency declared

Violent clashes erupt in Virginia rally, emergency declared

A dozen medics were seen carting the injured back and forth on stretchers at the scene.

Video of the incident showed a grey Dodge Charger plowing into counter-protesters who were marching through the city's shopping district.

Dozens of people were in the street as the vehicle sped toward them, the video shows.

Counter-protestors also committed acts of violence, including dousing HuffPost reporters with raw sewage.

US President Donald Trump took to twitter to condemn the violence and called for unity. That's not who we are, that's not what Virginians stand for, and we have no intention of moving backwards toward the division of the past.

Virginia State Police arrest a counter protestor in Charlottesville. "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

Officials have now declared a state of emergency to allow authorities to request extra help, if needed. The group left the university's grounds when police arrived and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly. He said the Maurice Jones, city manager, moved the rally strictly for safety precautions.

The Rutherford Institute and ACLU said the move violates Kessler's First Amendment rights.

Writing on Twitter, she said: 'They are coming for the church! It comes ahead of the major Unite the Right rally, a nationalist protest against removing Confederate monuments from public spaces. Another read "diversity is just a genocidal scam".

"You will not replace us!" and "Jews will not replace us!" as they carried torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus.

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Saturday marked the second time in six weeks that Charlottesville has faced a protest from white supremacist groups for its decision to remove the statue.

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McAuliffe said he was "disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours".

Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote, "The white nationalist demonstration in #Charlottesville is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society".

Shortly following the violence, the area surrounding the statue was cleared by law enforcement.

Citing a hospital source, the Associated Press reported 19 people were being treated for injuries.

He also argued that the expected 2,000 counter-protesters coming to town to oppose white nationalists and other groups were not part of the two rallies planned for the downtown parks, but would follow Kessler's rally wherever it is held.

State police tweeted that some in the crowd were using pepper spray.

House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted the views expressed in the city were "repugnant" and "vile bigotry".

A federal judge sided with alt-right organizers and upheld their right to meet Saturday in Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, where the Robert E. Lee statue is located that city council wants to remove.

Late Friday night, a USA district court judge in Charlottesville agreed.

They were then surrounded by the chanting white nationalists, before fighting broke out.

The university's president Teresa A. Sullivan said in a statement that she strongly condemned the unprovoked assault on the UVA community.

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