At least 1 dead after car plows into protesters during clashes at 'Unite the Right' rally

Fox News | 8/12/2017 | Staff
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At least one person was killed and several others were injured Saturday when a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted that he was "heartbroken that a life has been lost here" and urged "all people of good will [to] go home."

Virginia - State - Police - Spokeswoman - Corinne

Earlier, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told Fox News that three vehicles had collided in downtown Charlottesville and multiple injuries, ranging from life-threatening to minor, had been reported. Geller added that the car seen backing away with a smashed hood in the above video had been located.

No arrests had been reported in connection with the incident and authorities said they had not determined whether the crash was intentional.

Word - Number - Injuries - Washington - Post

There was no official word on the number of injuries, but The Washington Post reported that at least 10 pedestrians had been hurt.

The crash occurred approximately two hours after clashes in which hundreds of people scramed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other ahead of the scheduled noon demonstration.

Gov - Terry - McAuliffe - State - Emergency

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, which city officials said allowed them to request additional resources to respond to the clashes expected between hundreds of white supremacists and those opposing them.

Before the car crash, local authorities said that just one person had been arrested and eight people had been treated for injuries.

Blogger - Jason - Kessler - Rally - Charlottesville

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had planned what he called a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Local police estimated that as many as 6,000 people were taking part in the rally. Among those expected to attend were Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and so-called "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism,...
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