The unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, intensified on Saturday, as a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally, the Associated Press reports.
Following clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday, Virginia governor Terry McCauliffe declared a state of emergency. Police also demanded that hundreds of people vacate Emancipation Park, where a rally was scheduled to take place at noon.
Groups of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and were met by counter-protesters, leading to violence that began Friday night and continued into Saturday.
During Saturday’s clash between the white nationalists and counter-protesters, bottles have been thrown, and a violent war of words has erupted.
MSNBC‘s Maya Rodriguez reported that people were being loaded onto at least half a dozen ambulances on stretchers, while paramedic were working on at least one person on the sidewalk who appeared to be badly injured. That person, who was in a neck brace, did not seem to be conscious at this point.
“There’s a huge crowd out here. Witnesses tell me a car plowed into counter-protesters here on Fourth Street, just about two blocks off of Market Street,” Rodriguez said. “There’s a massive police presence out here along with many, many counter-protesters.”
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday, urging unity among Americans.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America,” Trump wrote. “Lets come together as one!”