Violence in Virginia Turns Deadly in Charlottesville | Aug 12, 2017

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

1 killed, 19 injured as car plows into crowd near Unite the Right rally site

|| Charlottesville Daily Progress

“A University of Virginia Medical Center spokesperson says one person is dead and 19 were injured after a car plowed into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville.

The person suspected of driving the car is in police custody, according to the Associated Press.

City officials say 15 other people were injured in other incidents related to the Unite the Right rally.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency “to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville.”

The University of Virginia also has canceled all scheduled events and programming.

The cancellation, according to UVa, “includes all academic programming, the scheduled community discussions taking place in the University Libraries, and all UVa athletic events and programming. The university is monitoring the developments in Charlottesville and continues to coordinate with state and local law enforcement.”

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Car plows into crowd at white nationalist rally

|| Daily Mail UK

“At least one person is dead after a driver intentionally plowed into a group of anti-fascist protesters hitting up to 20 people in Charlottesville, Virginia, after violent clashes erupted between white nationalists and activists on Saturday.

Video shows the Dodge Charger accelerating into the crowd throwing bodies into the air as people scream before reversing at high speed – it is not known how many people have been injured but one is reported dead.

It came after violent clashes erupted as hundreds of white supremacists including armed militias marched into Charlottesville sparking violent confrontations with the counter protesters. Police cleared the scene with tear gas but the violence continued.

Horrifying video from the scene of the car attack shows blood spattered on the vehicle’s windshield as victims desperately screamed out for medical help in the aftermath of the smash.

A counter protester had allegedly thrown a rock at the car, causing the driver to swivel around and ram into people and cars in its way, before driving off with someone’s shoe attached to its bumper.

Local police reported there were at least 20 people hit and three vehicles were involved in the crash.

There has been one person arrested in connection to the earlier violence but it remains unclear if the driver of the car has been apprehended.

In addition to the dozen of people hurt in the accident, at least eight people were being treated already for their injures during other destructive clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at Emancipation Park before the controversial Unite the Right rally.

President Trump admonished the day’s tragic events, saying in a press conference: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides. The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.’

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them and police said the crash happened near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets.

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said counter-protesters were marching when ‘suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound.’ A silver sedan smashed into another car, then backed up, plowing through ‘a sea of people.’

People scattered, running for safety in different directions, he said.

Another witness claimed the act was intentional. He said: ‘Yeah, it was intentional.About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn’t do anything.’

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer announced the death on Twitter. He wrote: ‘I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will – go home.’

….Continue reading more @ Daily Mail UK