2017-08-12 21:22:27 UTC
clashes at white supremacist protests in Virginia
The car careened into the line of several hundred people
peacefully protesting the rally in downtown Charlottesville amid a
violent Saturday afternoon.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.A car plowed into a crowd of people
peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a
Virginia college town, killing one person, sending at least 26
others to hospitals and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly
The chaos boiled over at what is believed to be the largest group
of white nationalists to come together in a decade: the governor
declared a state of emergency, police dressed in riot gear ordered
people out and helicopters circled overhead. The group had
gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of the Confederal
Gen. Robert E. Lee, and others who arrived to protest the racism.
Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said
several hundred counter-protesters were marching when suddenly
there was just this tire screeching sound. A silver sedan smashed
into another car, then backed up, barrelling through a sea of
The impact hurled people into the air. Those left standing
scattered, screaming and running for safety in different
The driver was later arrested, authorities said.
The turbulence began Friday night, when the white nationalists
carried torches though the university campus in what they billed
as a pro-white demonstration. It quickly spiralled into violence
Saturday morning. Hundreds of people threw punches, hurled water
bottles and unleashed chemical sprays. At least eight were injured
and one arrested in connection.
President Donald Trump condemned in the strongest possible terms
what he called an egregious display of hatred, bigotry and
violence on many sides after the clashes. He called for a swift
restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent