At least three people are dead and dozens more are left badly injured after a vehicle drove through a large group of counter protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
In a disturbing video of the incident, the group, waving LGBTQ flags and “Black Lives Matter” signs, are seen marching down a street and chanting things such as “our streets” in relation to the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally taking place in the city over the weekend.
Suddenly, a vehicle is seen speeding down the street, ramming into the group to many shrieks and shocked expressions. The car travels at a high rate of speed in reverse and appears to leave the scene.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said that so far, one person has been declared dead from the car ramming, and police said another 19 were injured.
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EMTs rushed to the scene, and one Twitter user said a woman being brought into an ambulance seemed “unresponsive” after being a victim of the car ramming.
The incident occurred as widespread protests in Charlottesville are turning increasingly more violent. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a “State of Emergency” in Charlottesville on Friday, and the Virginia National Guard has been sent in to attempt to control the area.
Another video posted to Twitter shows the drama that ensued after the car ramming, as members of the National Guard arrived on scene and pointed a gun as authorities rushed to tend to the injured.
See below for images after the crash, but be warned that they contain graphic content.
Less than an hour before the car ramming, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to denounce the violent protests and hate expressed through them.
“We ALL must be united and condemn all that hate stands for,” Trump tweeted. “There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!”
Trump’s remarks come following a night of protests where demonstrators carried torches and marched in unison around a Thomas Jefferson statue. Some of the demonstrations turned violent, and many people were seen giving Nazi-like salutes and chanting things such as “white lives matter” and “anti white.”
Hundreds of people from across the nation have flocked to the University of Virginia campus to take part in the “Unite the Right” rally, which started as a protest of a proposal that would remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a local park. The protests were slated to happen all weekend, and police have been sent out in full force.
On Saturday, supporters of the “Unite the Right” and counter protesters continued to clash in the streets, and people were seen clubbing one another as pepper spray filled the air, the New York Times reported. Police, with the help of the National Guard, cleared the area and arrested some of those involved in the clashes.
Fifteeen additional people were injured Saturday in incidents separate from the car ramming.
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