One person has been killed and 19 more were injured when a car plowed into counter-protesters during the “Unite The Right” protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. (scroll down for video of the car crash)
The unnamed driver was soon arrested and taken into custody.
The “Unite The Right” was a demonstration event organised by members of the “Alt-Right”.
President Donald Trump released a statement on the matter, condemning “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
“We are closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.
“It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Speculations of who started the violence have been circulating.
On Twitter today, two trending hashtags were “Nazis” and “ANTIFA”, as both sides of the political spectrum accused each other of starting the violence.
Controversial alt-right figure Richard Spencer responded to a tweet by Melania Trump in which she denounced violent and hate:
We came in peace. It was the government and antifa that used force against peaceful, lawful demonstrators. https://t.co/6oDkncSFna
— Richard ☝????Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) August 12, 2017
Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy. #Charlottesville
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) August 12, 2017
Mayor of Charlottesville released a statement saying “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will — go home,”.
Earlier in the day the governor of Virginia had declared an “emergency” and the police had worked to disperse protesters.
— Charlottesville City (@CvilleCityHall) August 12, 2017
Brawls, screams and fights erupted throughout the day.
The white nationalist demonstration in #Charlottesville is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 12, 2017
A witness of the car crash said:
“It just sat there, looking down the road. I thought that’s a bit strange.
“There didn’t seem to be any other cars stopping him from going.
“And then a couple moments we heard a car going incredibly fast down the road and then it plowed into the crowd.”
On Friday night “Unite The Right” protesters carried torches and gathered around the foot of a statue of Thomas Jefferson.
Watch the video of the car crash here (Offensive Language Warning):