Torch-bearing white nationalists march at University of Virginia


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

Dozens of people were in the street as the auto sped toward them, the video shows. Soon the Dodge driver slams the vehicle in reverse, going back up the street at a high rate of speed, dragging its front bumper.

A Twitter user also shared a picture of the varsity students protesting against the white nationalists.

The protest came amid an ongoing dispute over the proposed removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park, previously known as Lee Park.

After the violent outbursts, politicians tweeted their disdain at the events in Charlottesville.

What began as a local effort to protect a symbol of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become what may be the largest gathering of "pro-white" demonstrators in the United States for well over a decade at this weekend's "Unite the Right" rally. "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city Saturday to aid the state's response to the violence.

"• Police began to break up crowds shortly before noon after city officials declared the gathering an "unlawful assembly".

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, has been arrested. Gov. Terry McAuliffe urged Virginians to stay away from the rally and placed the National Guard on standby.

"Our First Amendment rights were violated today", Kessler said by phone.

Writing on Twitter, she said: 'They are coming for the church!

Hundreds had descended on the city either to march in or rail against a "Unite the Right Rally". Another read "diversity is just a genocidal scam".

A large group of white nationalists holding torches and shouting racist slogans marched on the University of Virginia on Friday night - sparking outrage from politicians and local residents.

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Several injuries and at least one death have been reported after a auto drove through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, according to video footage recorded at the scene and media reports.

Other footage showed rivals on either side using hand-made shields as they fought each other.

The city claimed that this was a result of the high number of expected attendees, and not because of public pressure to stop the rally from taking place, Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, told ABC News.

An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment.

President Trump condemned the violence in remarks Saturday afternoon. The crowd quickly dispersed and police cleared the area, which had earlier been the site of aggressive clashes.

Though they were outnumbered by hundreds of jeering counter-protestors, images of the extreme right marchers - some donning the traditional white hood of the notorious white power group - spread worldwide.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the views of the white nationalists "repugnant", and called for Americans to unite against "this kind of vile bigotry".

First lady Melania Trump also tweeted 45 minutes before her husband that "our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts". Rally organizers say this should be grounds for a lawsuit.

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

"It's been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, it's been going on for a long, long time", Trump said in a televised statement from New Jersey on Saturday. The city is progressive and not at all a center of white nationalism.

Teresa Sullivan, the president of UVA, denounced the march in a statement Friday night.