Vehicle rams into crowd at violent Virginia rally

Casey Dawson
August 13, 2017

The rally was originally billed as a gathering in opposition to the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

"We're closely following the bad events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia". "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

One person was killed and 19 were hurt in the ramming, police said.

"Our First Amendment rights were violated today", Kessler said by phone before the auto crash.

While Gastañaga said the ACLU disagrees with Kessler's speech, she criticized city officials for attempting to revoke the permit without due process.

By 1 p.m. ET, police had cleared the park where the rally was to be held.

Saturday's far-right rally comes after a Friday-night march by torch-bearing white nationalists on and near the University of Virginia campus resulted in brawls with protesters countering the event.

The school's president Teresa A. Sullivan released a statement to The Daily Progress condemning the march.

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A police cruiser shown amid protests and counter-demonstrators descended on the small city of Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

Noting that most of the protesters were from out of the state, McAuliffe said the emergency was declared to assist local government in restoring public safety.

During the incident an Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately after the vehicle careened into a group of people several hundred strong.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, condemned the violence and urged Americans to "come together as one".

Police in riot gear stood shoulder to shoulder behind shields early Saturday afternoon, at times advancing toward crowds, CNN video shows. The city wants to move his rally to a larger park farther from downtown.

Fistfights and screaming matches erupted shortly before rally's scheduled noon ET start.

State police tweeted that some in the crowd were using pepper spray.

Other Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Utah Sen.

First Lady Melania Trump called for people to "communicate (without) hate in our hearts".

Since Thursday, organizers of the rally has been involved in a legal battle regarding the place of this protest. The group could also be responding to the renaming of two parks in the city that were previously named after Confederate generals.

The judge made the decision around 8pm last night.

"Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable", she said in a statement.

Kessler was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Rutherford Institute.

They also seek to "affirm the right of Southerners and white people to organize for their interests just like any other group is able to do, free of persecution." .

"I'm deeply disturbed that our country has to wake up to headlines of torch-wielding white nationalists promoting bigotry and inciting fear on a college campus in Virginia", he wrote.

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