A mass brawl has broken out between white supremacists and anti-Nazi activists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The fighting prompted Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones and Interim County Executive Doug Walker to simultaneously issue a Declaration of Local Emergency for the two jurisdictions.
TV pictures showed the clash erupting when the anti-Nazi protesters approached the white supremacists with what looked like a wooden banner.
As they did so, they were met by a wall of men dressed in body armour and helmets, some of whom appeared to release a spray at the protesters.
Kicking and punching is seen as the two sides screamed at each other, before retreating.
Earlier, the anti-Nazi group were heard chanting obscenities as the two groups approached each other.
Some police were at the scene, but were not seen intervening during the fight.
It came after a federal judge ordered Charlottesville authorities to allow a weekend rally of white nationalists and other extremists to take place.
The rally was organised to protest against Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park.
Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler filed a lawsuit demanding the right to hold a protest at the spot.
The city said earlier this week that the rally must be moved out of Emancipation Park to a larger one, because of safety concerns.
US District Judge Glen Conrad granted a preliminary injunction on Friday allowing the rally in the park.
The state of emergency allows local officials to request additional resources if needed to respond to ongoing events, authorities said.