On Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators, including white nationalists, white supremacists, and the alt-right, clashed with other protesters in Charlottesville, Va. early Saturday as the right wing groups planned to rally to defend a statue of Civil War confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from being removed. - The head of the USA bishops conference called for prayers after one person was killed and over a dozen injured during a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
On Friday night, alt-right activists marched in a torch-lit rally through the University of Virginia campus and clashed with rival protesters, CNNreported.
According to witnesses, counter protesters were hit as they turned a corner during their protest march.
By far the most serious incident so far came when a auto rammed into a crowd of left-wing protesters walking through the city on Saturday afternoon.
"This is a devastating loss for their families, the Virginia State Police, and the entire commonwealth", McAuliffe said.
Officials have said one person was killed while 19 were hurt when a speeding vehicle slammed into a throng of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Mr. Trump said he spoke with Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the phone and agreed "that the hate and division must stop and it must stop right now".
The scenes in Virginia were similar to others that happened around far-right protests at Berkeley, California, and Portland, Oregon.
Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse. Thomas said the nine people hurt had injuries ranging from life threatening to minor.
US President Donald Trump urged unity as the unrest flared, calling on Americans to "condemn all that hate stands for".
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".
The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years publicly questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship. In the same speech, he said that the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville was an ongoing issue in America, and predated his administration.
Traci Blackmon, a black woman who was inside the church in Charlottesville, Virginia, described the fear of those people inside. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement that the rally was "a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance" that passed by the statue Jefferson, who founded the university in 1819.
As violent skirmishes at the rally escalated during the day, Trump, before the attack by auto, tweeted: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".
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