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Car Runs Into Crowd at White Nationalist Protest in Virginia, One Killed


Car Runs Into Crowd at White Nationalist Protest in Virginia, One Killed

Violent clashes have erupted between white nationalists attending a far-right march and counter-protesters in the US state of Virginia.

Several people were injured after a car rammed into a crowd of people who were against the rally in Charlottesville.

A state of emergency has been declared to enable police to mobilise resources.

The “Unite the Right” march is against plans to remove a statue of a US Civil War general. President Donald Trump condemned the violence.

On Twitter, he said: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.

“There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

Video posted on social media showed a car ploughing at speed into several slow-moving vehicles, which were surrounded by a densely packed crowd. Emergency services were pictured treating a number of people who were injured.

A witness said one girl got “tore up” after the car “backed up and hit again.”

Earlier, police fired tear gas against demonstrators and said that arrests had been made after a declaration of unlawful assembly at Emancipation Park.

The state of emergency allows local authorities to request additional resources if needed, the police department said.

The far-right protesters, some waving Confederate flags, carrying shields and wearing helmets, are angry about the planned removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville.

Gen. Lee commanded the pro-slavery Confederate forces in the US Civil War of 1861-65.

The New York Times reports that some of them were chanting “You will not replace us,” and “Jew will not replace us.”

Anti-racism organisations such as Black Lives Matter have also held marches.

Sources: CNN, BBC.

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