A vehicle plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville Saturday afternoon, ratcheting up the tension in an increasingly chaotic confrontation in this usually quiet college town.
The Unite the Right rally is scheduled to take place Saturday at McIntire Park in Charlottesville, the city said on its website.
One person was killed and several others were injured Saturday when a auto plowed into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, hours after police broke up violent confrontations before a rally of white nationalists.
Trump, while on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, tweeted: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for". "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".
And the U.S. leader added that Americans must come together "with love for our nation ... and true affection for each other".
Police remained at a high state of readiness into the afternoon hours. Earlier in the day, police were involved in breaking up a conflict between the original protesters and those protesting the white nationalism protests.
Police broke up the fights and sent protestors away.
At least one person was arrested and eight injured in the clashes, which included a auto plowing into a group of marchers as they walked through the streets.
Officials had approved the protest march in downtown Charlottesville but canceled the event and declared a state of emergency after outbreaks of violence. "These rights belong to the "Unite the Right" activists who will express their beliefs, and to the many others who disagree with them". That's what we believed in, that's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back, and that's what we've got to do.More news: Nawaz Sharif Criticises Pakistan's Judiciary For His Ouster
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One person was killed and 19 others were injured after a auto plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters marching against a "pro-white" rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., witnesses and officials said.
One person was killed and 19 were hurt in the ramming, police said.
The Unite the Right event Saturday was supposed to begin at noon, but people both in support and opposed to the rally began gathering earlier.
The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism said it could be the largest white supremacist gathering in a decade.
The rally comes shortly after a large group of torch-bearing white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia (UVA) campus Friday night, after a judge issued a ruling allowing Saturday's protest to move forward. The clashes began the previous evening, resulting in at least one arrest.
Mayor Mike Signor announced the death on his Twitter account and urged people to "go home". "It's been going on for a long, long time", he said. "It has no place in America". Jefferson founded the university in 1819.
The statue's removal is part of a broader city effort to change the way Charlottesville's history of race is told in public spaces.
Supporters of removing statues such as the one of Robert E. Lee call them racially insensitive, while opponents say such moves reflect "empty political correctness" and that the Confederate symbols honour Southern heritage. The statue of Lee so far remains in the park.