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Terror in Charlottesville: Car rams into anti-racist protesters at white nationalist rally

In what appears to be a deliberate move, a car plowed into a large group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Multiple injuries were reported Saturday afternoon. The injuries range from minor to life-threatening, authorities said. According to Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, one person has been killed.

In video posted to Twitter, a car can be seen speeding through a crowd of peaceful protesters, sending people through the air. (WARNING: The footage below contains graphic imagery and profane language that some may find disturbing.)

According to reports from the scene, after ramming another car, the driver of the silver vehicle backed his car up and sped away.

“Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police are on the scene of a three vehicle accident at Water and 4th Streets in Downtown Charlottesville,” the Charlottesville Police Department confirmed.

After police in riot gear dispersed crowds ahead of the “Unite the Right” following an eruption of violent clashes between white supremacists and anti-racists demonstrators, counter-protestors assembled in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D, had earlier declared a state of emergency following the violent eruption.

The night before Saturday’s incident, white supremacists marched with tiki torches through the University of Virginia campus chanting “white lives matter” and “blood and soil.” Armed white supremacists, led by alt-right leader Richard Spencer, have gathered in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

“They’re fucking gassing us. The fucking Jew lovers are gassing us, man!” one alt-right protestor told Fox News on Saturday.

Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon’s Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

Sophia Tesfaye.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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