Violence erupted on Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists had gathered here for a rally and clashed with counter-protesters, resulting in at least one death and prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.
After the rally at a city park was dispersed, a car plowed into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall, killing a 32-year-old woman, Police Chief Al Thomas, said. Some 35 were injured; at least 19 in the car crash, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Medical Center.
“It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Robert Armengol, who was at the scene reporting for a podcast he hosts with students at the University of Virginia. “After that it was pandemonium. The car hit reverse and sped and everybody who was up the street in my direction started running.”
The turmoil in Charlottesville began with a march Friday night by white nationalists on the campus of the University of Virginia and escalated Saturday morning as demonstrators from both sides gathered in the park. Waving Confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields, the white nationalists converged on the Lee statue and began chanting phrases like “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”
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