Car hits counter-protesters Charlottesville white nationalist rally

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Rescue workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a group of counter protestors at the
Rescue
workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a
group of counter protestors at the “Unite the Right” rally
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12,
2017.

Thomson
Reuters


Several injuries have been reported after a car drove through a
crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday
afternoon, according to video footage recorded at the scene and
media reports.

The incident occurred after clashes between white nationalists
and counter-protesters subsided a bit. At least ten injuries
have been reported
so far, and a Virginia State Police spokesperson told The Washington Post
that injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening.

The incident appears to have been intentional, and the driver of
the car was reportedly arrested
shortly after. 

The protests accompanied a “Unite the Right” rally that was
called by white nationalists in response to a plan to remove
a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in
Charlottesville, Virginia.

One of the counter-protesters who was hit described the
scene
 to a reporter shortly after. “There were just a
few cars that counter-protesters were blocking,” the man
said. 

He then said that the driver of the car was “honking their
horn” and then “they were just, like, bulldozing through
people.” 

Another witness had two friends who were hit by the car and had
to take them to the hospital. The witness described the
incident as “absolutely intentional.” 

“A packed street and a car comes speeding down, at least 40 mph
and rams into everyone, backs up and does it again,” they said
in a text
message
 to Outline staff writer William Turton.

“I am furious & heartsick by the car crash that has injured
many,” tweeted
Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer. “Please all-go home to your
families. We can work tomorrow. GO HOME! PLEASE!”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency
earlier on Saturday, as clashes between white nationalists and
counter-protesters continued to escalate. 

Warning: The footage below contains graphic content and may
be disturbing to some viewers



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