One dead after violence in Charlottesville

State of emergency declared in Virginia as violence erupts between alt-right and anti-fascist protesters

State of emergency declared in Virginia as violence erupts between alt-right and anti-fascist protesters

"I urge all people of good will - go home", Mayor Mike Signer wrote on Twitter.

Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.

A police cruiser shown amid protests and counter-demonstrators descended on the small city of Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday. Her name was not released.

Brennan Gilmore, a 37-year-old who works for a start up, shot the footage and said he heard tires squealing before he saw a gray Dodge Charger build up speed and ram the crowd.

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

Described as a group of "anti-racist protesters" by a witness who took video of the crash, the group of marchers was packed close together at the end of a street near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets in downtown Charlottesville when the vehicle struck.

Eyewitnesses said the driver had deliberately rammed pedestrians.

Video shows a auto ramming into the back of another auto, causing a pile-up and sending people over the top of the vehicle in front of it.

Fighting broke out on Saturday in the city's downtown, when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.

Brandi Collins, senior campaign director for Media and Economic Justice at the advocacy group Color Of Change, put the ugly display of racism and discrimination occurring in Charlottesville this weekend directly at the doorstep of President Donald Trump.

"We're closely following the bad events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said.

Trump said he had spoken earlier Saturday to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) about the events in Charlottesville, adding: "We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".

Trump is calling for "a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

Earlier in the week, Virginia's governor had 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.

But the reaction was different among Republicans from the South, where a sizable percentage of GOP voters support keeping the sort of Confederate monuments that the white supremacist groups rallied in Charlottesville to protect.

NY [U.S.A], August 13: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Saturday slammed the white supremacists and neo-Nazis right-wing groups in Charlottesville and asked all of them to go back home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.

Addressing the fatalities that resulted from the day's events, McAuliffe again addressed those who he said "pretend" they are "patriots". "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". There is no place for you here.

"Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters", she said in the speech in Reno, Nev., August 2016.

On the other side, anti-fascist demonstrators also gathered in Charlottesville, but they generally aren't organized like white nationalist factions, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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