Vehicle plows into crowd at alt-right rally

Aaron Brown
August 13, 2017

In a frightening, blatant example of the rise of white nationalism under the Trump administration, white supremacists carried torches and chanted Nazi slogans before attacking a small group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, Friday night.

The mayor of Charlottesville said via Twitter on Saturday that he is "heartbroken" to announce that a "life has been lost".

BLM joins dozens of other groups to protest the rally, saying that they plan to out number the rally-goers.

A hospital official said one person has died and 19 were injured after a vehicle plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville. "It was very clearly intentional". The driver of the auto has been taken into custody, USA Today reported, citing the state's secretary of public safety.

White nationalists clashed with counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, prompting the governor to declare an emergency and stop a rally to protest the planned removal of a Confederate general from a public park. The group left the university's grounds when police arrived and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.

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Terry McAuliffe has placed the National Guard on standby in preparation for a rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, where at least 1,000 nationalists are expected to attend. The city has seen its fare share of ideological conflict since it made a decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from what was then known as Lee Park, now renamed to Emancipation Park.

He said he considered the viewpoint of those supporting the rally "abhorrent", but also says it's their right to peacefully express it.

The demonstration came on the eve of another far-right march of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the so-called alt-right movement.

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But, it looks like white supremacy is still "trying it" with the app.

David Duke, the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, responded to Trump in a series of tweets to remind him "who put you in the presidency".

One of the counter-protesters who was hit described the scene to a reporter shortly after.

The "Unite the Right" rally was expected to draw a lot of people from out of town.

One single arrest is reported and 8 injuries related to the event.

When Kessler applied for the permit on May 30, he proposed the event as a "free speech rally in support of the Lee monument", according to Jones' affidavit.

"It has no place in America", he added.

Kessler organized the Saturday rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.

"I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours", he said in a statement.

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