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Vehicle rams into crowd of demonstrators after white nationalist rally in Virginia

Scores of white nationalists holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night ahead of a VIDEO: Violence breaks out at white nationalist rally in Virginia
Eduardo Anchondo | Agosto 13, 2017, 10:49

The rally by far-right activists was organised to protest against Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city.

The other death was a 32-year-old woman who had been crossing the street when she was struck by a vehicle that hit a group of anti-Nazi campaigners also leaving 19 people injured.

Video of the incident shows a gray Dodge Challenger driving quickly down a narrow side street lined with walking protesters.

"Due to the ongoing public safety concerns in downtown Charlottesville and as a result of both the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle declaring a local state of emergency, the University of Virginia is cancelling all scheduled events and programming today effective at noon", the university said.

During a press conference on Saturday, Trump said, "No matter our color, creed, region or political party, we are all Americans first".

Friday's march unfolded a day ahead of a rally created to "Unite the Right". The violence presented Trump with perhaps the first domestic crisis of his young administration.

"We're closely following the awful events unfolding in Charlottesville", Trump said.

The Charlottesville Police Department reported multiple injuries, but gave few details. President Donald Trump tweeted "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

Officials say there are multiple injuries after a vehicle plowed into a group of people marching peacefully in downtown Charlottesville. Cory Gardner tweeted. "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism".

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name", Colorado Republican Sen.

"White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are the antithesis of our American values".

Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency in response to a white nationalist rally that is expected to draw up to 6,000 people.

The confrontation was a stark reminder of the growing political polarization that has intensified since Trump's election previous year.

"It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property", McAuliffe said.

"I started to cry". "It was just hard to watch, hard to see".

According to the city authorities, the violent clashes between far-right nationalists and counter-protesters have left at least one person dead and over 30 injured so far.

But historically in the United States, torch-carrying mobs lit the scene of countless Ku Klux Klan rallies and mob lynchings. "I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours".

The driver of the auto is in custody, a state official told The Associated Press.

President Donald Trump has as much to do with these so-called white nationalists in southern Virginia as former President Barack Obama has to do with the leftist who shot up the Republican Congressional baseball team practice in northern Virginia on June 14: Nothing.