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.
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."