Gov. McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Charlottesville

Gov. McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Charlottesville

"The situation escalated rapidly into violence and we had no choice but to deploy additional personnel from the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, to help disperse the crowd and move people safely through the streets", Thomas said.

Police fired tear gas against demonstrators, who were throwing bottles and using pepper spray, and said that arrests had been made after a declaration of unlawful assembly at Emancipation Park. At least two people were treated for serious but non-life-threatening emergencies from altercations by 10:30 a.m. Counter-protesters flooded the area to square off with the group of alt-right activists and white supremacists.

Once police dispersed most of the crowd, a Dodge Challenger plowed into a crowd of protesters, hurling people into the air, killing one and injuring 19 others. It is thought the vehicle was involved in the incident that some said injured over a dozen, although officials have yet to confirm that number.

Videos and pictures of the immediate aftermath showed several people lying on the ground, while others screamed for medics.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years publicly questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship.

McAuliffe said he was "disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours". Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the "counter-protesters are crazier than the alt-right". He then wrote "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that "we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

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"Clearly President Trump is condemning the real haters: the SJW/Marxists who've attacked our guys", said one commenters on the far-right, pro-Trump subreddit called r/The_Donald.

A "GoFundMe" online fundraising campaign for "comrades" injured in the violent counter-protests in Charlottesville, Virginia has raised over $79,000 so far, according to the fund campaign website.

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

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups, said Saturday's "Unite the Right Rally" could mark one of the most significant demonstrations of its kind in decades.

Trump had not previously spoken about the clashes in Charlottesville on Saturday morning, which came after a Friday night rally by neo-Nazis marching through the historic University of Virginia campus with torches and Nazi garb. He just said the nation should come together. "We are determined to take our country back".

Signer, the Charlottesville mayor, said he blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices during the 2016 presidential campaign. When pressed on what exactly the president saw or heard from the counterprotesters that was bigoted or hateful, the spokesman did not respond.

The rally occurs a day after hundreds of white supremacists took part in a torch-lit march on the University of Virginia, chanting "white lives matter" and "blood and soil".

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