One person has died after a car rammed into anti-fascist protesters as chaos ensues in Charlottesville in the state of Virginia, though it has not been confirmed if the person who has died was among those hit and injured by the car, though it is highly likely.
Violent clashes between white nationalists attending a far-right march and counter-protesters have been going out throughout the day, as a State of Emergency was called in Charlottesville.
This has been one of the biggest gathering of white-nationalists in recent years in the United States.
The Mayor of Charlottesville stated: “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here.”
President Donald Trump condemned “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides”.
White-nationalists were seen waving Confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields, as they converged on a statue of Robert E. Lee in the city’s Emancipation Park and began chanting phrases like “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.”
Hundreds of counter protesters quickly surrounded the crowd, chanting and carrying their own signs.
According to the New York Times (whose article also includes footage of the car ramming into people) stated the events as the following:
By 11 a.m., the scene had exploded into taunting, shoving and outright brawling. Barricades encircling the park and separating the two sides began to come down, and police temporarily retreated. People were seen clubbing one another in the streets, and pepper spray filled the air.
The police cleared the area before noon, and the Virginia National Guard arrived as officers began arresting some who remained for unlawful assembly. But fears lingered that the altercation would start again nearby, even as politicians, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat, and Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and the House speaker, condemned the violence.
A couple of hours later, a car plowed into a crowd of counter protesters, and a hospital official said at least 19 people were injured.
by Berk Bektas
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