A car rammed into protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a "Unite the Right" rally has brought white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other right wing groups to demonstrate against the removal of a Confederate statue-and brought counter-protesters to rally against those groups. The car sped down the downtown block towards a group of protesters and multiple parked cars, causing damage to the vehicles and "multiple injuries," according to law enforcement, some of which are serious. The identity of the driver is not yet known, but early reports indicate the group was at least primarily made up of counter-protesters.
Video has emerged of the incident. It is highly disturbing:
There is also footage of the aftermath of the attack:
bodies being carried away in stretchers after a car plowed through protestors in charlottesville. this is a disaster pic.twitter.com/kPxPRitRoK- allie conti (@allie_conti) August 12, 2017
Initial reports indicate that the attack was intentional, though that is unconfirmed at this time.
If this does prove to be an intentional act, it will bear similarities to the recent car attacks waged by Islamic extremists in both Nice, France, and Berlin, Germany. It also follows other violent incidents today in Charlottesville, which is already being called the largest white supremacist gathering in years and which followed a torch-carrying march backed by Neo-Nazi groups and the Ku Klux Klan on Friday night. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. President Trump has finally weighed in on Twitter with a brief, somewhat vague response, though he is expected to offer spoken remarks on the incident today.
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
The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly assisting McAuliffe. Reports are now emerging that the driver is in custody.
This post will be updated as more details emerge.
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