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State of emergency declared in Charlottesville as violence erupts at white nationalist rally.

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Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after a car plowed through a crowd of counterdemonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Everyone was bracing for chaos, but the violence in Charlottesville erupted much earlier and was more intense than many were anticipating. Fights erupted between white supremacists and counterprotesters Saturday morning ahead of a white nationalist rally, leading Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency and call off the planned protest. At least eight people were reported injured in the clashes, and that was before a vehicle plowed into a group of people marching peacefully through downtown Charlottesville. One person was killed, according to Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer. “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home,” he wrote on Twitter. Nineteen people were injured.

Here's the full video of the car ramming into protesters. It's toward the end of the stream https://t.co/akz41lK4d9

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) August 12, 2017

CNN describes the scene:

Video of the incident shows a gray Dodge Challenger driving quickly down a narrow side street lined with walking protesters. The sports car rams into the back of a silver convertible, and soon the Dodge driver slams the car in reverse, going back up the street at a high rate of speed, dragging its front bumper. Several people chase the car. As the sports car retreats, a red athletic shoe falls off the bumper.

Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims. Stay home. pic.twitter.com/MUOZs71Pf4

— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) August 12, 2017

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The violence had really begun the night before, when white nationalists marching across the University of Virginia campus carrying torches faced off with counterprotesters. But then things escalated quickly Saturday morning, as hundreds of white nationalists gathered for the “Unite the Right” rally, waving Confederate flags and chanting Nazi-era slogans. Fistfights quickly broke out as protesters on both sides unleashed chemical sprays on each other, and full-on brawls involving dozens of people erupted in the streets, injuring at least 15 people. That’s when officials declared that the gathering was unlawful, and police in riot gear quickly ordered people to disperse.

Wow. Photographer from @DailyProgress https://t.co/tpTflF9CkC via @samstein pic.twitter.com/5tVjxq2ULK

— Joshua Hersh (@joshuahersh) August 12, 2017

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to denounce the violence. “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for,” Trump said in a tweet. “There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!” Trump didn’t mention Charlottesville in his first tweet but then sent another message, 41 minutes later: “Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!”

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017

Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017

As outrage and condemnation streamed in from all corners of the political spectrum, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer did not mince words and directly blamed Trump. “I’m not going to make any bones about it,” Signer said. “I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.”

*This post has been updated with new information since it was first published.

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