Vehicle plows into crowd of Charlottesville protesters, VA declares state of emergency

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 13, 2017

While the name of the victim had not been released Saturday night, police identified the suspect arrested in the car-ramming incident as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio.

Police have reportedly detained the driver and the vehicle involved.

Punches have been thrown, bottles hurled and chemicals sprayed and several men have been seen with blood running down their faces.

Donald Trump addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a press conference on Saturday afternoon, and people aren't happy.

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.

"We were driving down", Shae said.

"The hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now", Trump added.

Ahead of the rally that was planned for noon, different groups of protesters clashed with hundreds of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis throughout the day.

White nationalists were clashing with counter-protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally hours before the collision in downtown Charlottesville, CBS reported.

He then wrote: "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

Trump condemned the incident as an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".

Members of a self-described militia, dressed in camouflage and armed with long guns, said they meant to keep the peace between opposing protesters.

Trump, once again, does not specifically mention the actions of white nationalists.

Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which track extremist groups, said the event has the potential to be the largest of its kind in at least a decade.

"Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here's mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus", Signer said.

By the next morning, hundreds of counter-protestors, from religious leaders to Black Lives Matter activists had gathered and eventually convened with the white nationalists at Emancipation park.

NAACP interim president Derrick Johnson urged Trump to fire strategist Steve Bannon, who he called a "known racial supremacist".

Charlottesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a liberal-leaning city that's home to the flagship University of Virginia and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

More than a dozen people held signs, chanted and marched around the statue of Andrew Jackson as a protest against racism. A judge has agreed to a temporary injunction that blocks the city from removing the statue for six months.

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