Car plows through counter-protesters at white nationalist rally in Virginia

The governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency.
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At least one person is dead and several more are injured after a car drove through a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday. 

The Unite the Right march had been organized this weekend to protest plans to remove a statue of a Civil War general, the BBC says. The far-right rally has attracted hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members, the Washington Post reports

The demonstration also attracted plenty of counter-protesters. The two groups clashed, with the Post reporting 15 people were injured during street brawls.

Then in the afternoon, the Associated Press reported that a vehicle had smashed through a crowd of counter-protesters. 

BuzzFeed has shared a graphic video of the incident.

The New York Times says at least 19 people were injured. According to ABC News, the driver of the vehicle has been arrested.

State of emergency declared

Due to all the violence in Charlottesville, the governor there – Terry McAuliffe – released a statement declaring a state of emergency

“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property. I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours. The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety." 

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