The mayor of Charlottesvillesaidvia Twitter on Saturday that he is "heartbroken" to announce that a "life has been lost". "I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president", he said. He did not provide details.
A couple of hundred white nationalists were reported to have attended the event where they were met by counter protesters. "We will strive to ensure the day does not erupt into violence, and we will redouble our efforts to remain civically engaged so that darkness does not obscure our light". Downs didn't have word on their conditions. The driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody, USA Today reported, citing the state's secretary of public safety. As the sports auto retreats, a red athletic shoe falls off the bumper. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. President Trumpcalled on Americans to "come together as one". Police officers spoke on bullhorns, directing people to leave. "At my direction, personnel from the Virginia National Guard are also standing by to respond if needed". "It was very clearly intentional".
Noting that most of the protesters were from out of the state, McAuliffe said the emergency was declared to assist local government in restoring public safety.
It wasn't immediately clear what led to the fights, though tensions and rhetoric were running hot.
Chanting "White lives matter!" Another video shows some of the crowd.
Meanwhile, hundreds of counterprotesters packed a church to pray and organize. The city estimates that 1,000 or more alt-right protesters are expected to be at the rally and 2,000 social activist counter-protesters.
"That's what we believed in, that's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back, and that's what we've got to do".
Alt-right marchers and counter protesters clashed Friday night at the "Unite the Right" torch rally on the campus of the University of Virginia.
A auto plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday afternoon, killing one person and injuring 19 others, according to officials. The organizer of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is encouraging attendees to leave town after authorities declared an unlawful assembly and police ordered people to disperse.