“I saw at least two or three people fly over the hood of his vehicle and then he hit another auto that was parked in front of him”, said a bystander. He did not provide details as to how the death occurred.
A white nationalists’ rally erupted into deadly violence Saturday as a auto plowed into a crowd while demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed, spurring President Donald Trump to condemn “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides”.
Trump praised the state and local law enforcement in Virginia, along with the National Guard, for “working smart and working hard”.
White nationalists descended Friday night on the University of Virginia campus with burning tiki torches – lending a distinctly but likely unintentional Polynesian aura to a white nationalist group’s march. Dueling groups of protesters gathered near the statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Downs didn’t have word on their conditions.
A state official later said the male driver of a auto is in police custody.
A silver vehicle smashed into another auto, then reversed, ploughing through “a sea of people”. He then wrote “There is no place for this kind of violence in America”. Lets come together as one!
Officials used bullhorns to tell people to leave or “they will be arrested”. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), also condemned the white nationalists.
Hours before a noon rally was set to begin Saturday, violent skirmishes broke out between bands of white supremacists and counterprotesters who have converged on this college town around the issue of a Confederate statue.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people out.
The reason behind the fights remain unclear, however, tensions and rhetoric were intense.
“As President of the University of Virginia, I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protestors that marched on our Grounds this evening”.
The auto that rammed into the Charlottesville protesters drove away and was found by police a few blocks away.
Asked by a reporter what the alt-right rally means to him, Duke said that it represents a “turning point for the people in this country”.
Charlottesville, once home to Thomas Jefferson, is known as a progressive city of about 47,000 people. The scene in Charlottesville was a far contrast from what happened in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland. “We need an exorcism on the Lawn”, Larry Sabato, director of the university’s Center for Politics, tweeted.
“The blatant racism on display in Charlottesville is absolutely disgusting”. Removal of the statue is on hold as a result of a six-month injunction.
The event, planned to take place in Emancipation Park, was given the green light by U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad after right-wing blogger and rally organizer Jason Kessler filed a lawsuit against the city when officials sought to change the location. The park was renamed from Lee Park as part of a wider effort to retell the city’s racial history.
The city’s mayor says at least one person is dead.
Democrat House of Representatives member Adam Schiff said Trump “needs to speak out against the poisonous resurgence of white supremacy. I expect that most of the individuals who participate in tomorrow’s events will honor that proud legacy by expressing their views safely and respectfully”, Mr. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said in a statement.