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Car runs through crowd

Video contains explicit language and violent images. 

UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.

A car drove through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. who were marching against a white nationalist rally in the city.

The incident occurred at Water Street and 4th Street in downtown Charlottesville.

Video posted on Twitter shows a dark silver Dodge Challenger speeding through the crowded street into the group of protesters.

While the condition of those injured is unknown at this time, police say there are multiple injuries. It's unclear what happened to the person driving the car.

Police have asked people to clear the area to allow medical staff to respond to those injured.

A state of emergency has been declared in the city. 


ORIGINAL: 11 a.m.

Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. At least one person was arrested.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people at the rally in Charlottesville to disperse after chaotic clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

Small bands of protesters who showed up to express their opposition to the rally were seen marching around the city peacefully by midafternoon, chanting and waving flags. Helicopters circled overhead. As of 12:30 p.m., a city spokeswoman said a single arrest was reported. Emergency medical personnel have responded to eight injuries related to the event.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

It's the latest confrontation in Charlottesville since the city voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Lee.

Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and "advocating for white people."

"This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do," he said in an interview.

Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6,000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign last year.

"I'm not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president."



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