Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife declared a state of emergency after violence flooded events for the “Unite the Right” rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Friday and Saturday. Mayor Mike Signer confirmed one person had died and 19 people were injured after a Dodge Charger plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters, with witnesses claiming it was intentional.
A male driver is now in custody, according to Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran. Graphic ” target=”_blank”>video of the scene emerged showing the attack.
“The car reversed very fast back on the street,” a male witness told CNN.
“Immediately, victims started coming out. My friend ran after the car. I gave first aid to a lady who had come out from the scene,” the witness added.
Video footage shared on Twitter shows skirmishes that emerged at the protest. Protestors in opposition to the movement were also encircled by white nationalists. McAullife immediately authorized the Virginia State Police Department’s request to declare a state of emergency.
“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers…I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours,” Gov. McAullife said in a statement.
The “Unite the Right” intends to summon white nationalists to stand against the plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city park. People in opposition and support of the movement traveled from cities nationwide to participate in the event. Rally advocates carried fiery torches in their hands Friday as they marched through university grounds, chanting: “White lives matter.”
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