RT’s special coverage of violent Charlottesville rally, deadly car plowing incident
At least one person has been killed and 19 injured after a car has ran into protesters at the Charlottesville protests between Unite the Right and counter demonstrators. RT journalist on the scene said that there were “extremely heavy injuries” sustained during the incident.
Car Crashed into Counter-Protesters of Charlottesville White Nationalist March
The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville on Saturday as white nationalists, neo-nazi, and white supremacist marchers clashed with anti-racism and anti-fascist counter-protesters for the second day in a row over a plan to remove the statue of a Confederate general from a city park.
Trump addresses violence in Va.
From The Huffington Post.Com:
Car Plows Into Crowd During Violent Rally In Charlottesville, 1 Dead
One person has died and 19 others have been injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people during a white supremacist rally Charlottesville, Virginia, where attendees clashed with anti-fascists and a state of emergency was declared.
Car Plows Into Crowd During Violent Rally In Charlottesville, 1 Dead, 19 others were injured.
Witnesses say a gray vehicle sped through the city’s Downtown Mall, striking multiple pedestrians just before 2 p.m. Spokeswoman for the Charlottesville Police Department, Miriam Dickler, confirmed to HuffPost that multiple people were injured. An emergency alert that went out said many of those injured had suffered broken legs, local newspaper The Daily Progress reported.
The suspected driver of the vehicle is now in custody, police told BuzzFeed.
Live Updates: After One Anti-Racist Protester Killed In A Car Attack, Trump Condemns Violence “On Many Sides”
After marching on Friday night with torches, the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups held a large demonstration on Saturday. A state of emergency was soon declared and the rally shut down amid violence. A car then plowed into anti-racist protesters.
Here’s what’s happening:
- A car plowed into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person after a white supremacist rally was shut down by police. A suspect is in custody. It is not yet known how many people have been injured or who was driving the vehicle.
- We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” President Trump said.
- White supremacists gathered in the college town for the “Unite the Right” rally, where they chanted racist and homophobic slogans.
- Hundreds of counter-protesters were also there, including local interfaith leaders, activists, and self-described anti-fascist protesters.
- Violent clashes took place, with pepper spray and batons used.
- City officials and the state’s governor soon declared a state of emergency and cleared the park.
- At least one person was arrested, while at least nine others were injured, city officials said.
- Friday night’s torch-carrying white nationalist march through the University of Virginia saw marchers chanting Nazi slogans, punching counter-protesters, and spraying them with chemicals.
Watch BuzzFeed News’ coverage of the event:
Clinton, Sanders respond to violence in Charlottesville
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, responded to the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.
“Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions,” Clinton, who ran against President Donald Trump in the 2016 general election, said in a series of tweets. “We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let’s prove it.”
Clinton appeared to be criticizing Trump, who had just condemned what he called a display of hate and violence “on many sides.”
Sanders, who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton, also spoke out and called the incident “alarming” but “not surprising.”
“While this incident is alarming, it is not surprising. Hate crimes and shows of hostility toward minorities have recently been surging,” Sanders said in a Twitter thread. “Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters.”
1 dead, 19 injured from Charlottesville car attack
One person is dead and 19 injured after a car plowed into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, according to the University of Virginia’s Medical Center, where those affected were taken for treatment.
UVA president: “Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment”
The president of the University of Virginia continued to distance the school from the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.
“Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment,” UVA President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement.
She also acknowledged the school is “a public institution and follows state and federal law regarding the public’s right to access open spaces, including the rights of the marchers who assembled on our Grounds last night.”
Out of safety concerns and because of the state of emergency, UVA cancelled everything that it had scheduled for Saturday, but its medical center remains open.
“We will continue to uphold our shared values as a community and reject the ideology of intolerance and hate,” Sullivan said.
President Donald Trump took the podium on Saturday to address the violence in Charlottesville, where he condemned what he said was hatred and violence “on many sides.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides,” Trump said. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”
The president was already scheduled to sign legislation related to veteran’s affairs, but his press conference came after one person was killed when a car plowed into anti-racist demonstrators after a white supremacy rally.
“My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another.” Trump said. “We must love each other, respect each other, and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other,” Trump said.
At one point during his comments, Trump boasted of the impact his policies have had on the economy and jobs.
“We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottes, to me it’s very, very sad,” he said.
The tweets the president earlier put out were met with some criticism for not being specific in calling out the hate groups.
Trump said the White House is monitoring the situation and that he spoke with the Virginia governor on the phone. Trump also said the administration is poised to provide additional help to local officials.
The president initially tried to leave the room without taking questions, but had to return to sign the legislation. Once he finished, he walked out and ignored questions shouted at him by reporters.
Jeff Sessions: the type of violence in Charlottesville “can never be tolerated.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the kind of violence in Charlottesville today “can never be tolerated.”
In a statement on Saturday sent to BuzzFeed News, Sessions said he has been in touch with Department of Justice representatives on the ground as well as state officials.
“We stand united behind the President in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of hate and intolerance,” Sessions said. “This kind of violence is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated.”
Police detain suspected driver
The suspected male driver of the car that plowed into anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville has been detained by officers, police told BuzzFeed News.
Photos of the suspected car show a dark grey Dodge Challenger with its destroyed bumper hanging off into the street.
It was stopped at Monticello and Blenheim Avenues, around one mile from where the crowd was hit on the corner of Water and 4th St in downtown Charlottesville.
Police at a station in downtown Charlottesville told reporter Blake Montgomery that the driver is in police custody.
Exact numbers of those injured remains unknown, but numerous witnesses say they saw at least six people injured after the car drove into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, shortly after riot police shut down the white-nationalist Unite the Right rally.
– Amber Jamieson
First pictures emerge from crash aftermath
Car plows into crowd of anti-racist protesters, injuring people
Several people were injured after a car plowed into a group of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, who were still marching in the streets after the Unite the Right rally was earlier shut down by police.
Video of the car shows it accelerating, deliberately driving down the street towards protesters before slamming into them, and reversing back and driving away.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
Virginia State Police tweeted that they had responded to a three-vehicle crash and there were “multiple injuries”.
A graphic video posted to Periscope (the crash starts around the 7:30 mark) shows a car plowing through a crowd of people, who appear to be anti-racist supporters, who’d been protesting the earlier planned Unite to Right rally.
Several cars are in the street, with marchers walking around them, when one car accelerates and runs into cars ahead of them and the crowd of protesters.
One marcher can be seen flipped onto the hood of another car.
The crowd screams, and people try to run away from the car.
The car then accelerates and reverses away.
On the Periscope video, the person who is recording it says: “That Nazi just drove into people.”
It is not yet known who the driver of the car was.
“People are badly hurt, oh my god, people are badly hurt,” adds Rebelutionary Z in the video.
The numbers of injured are unknown and numbers are differing, but witnesses are telling BuzzFeed they saw at least six people injured.
Witnesses told BuzzFeed News that one person appeared to be very badly injured and was receiving CPR.
Some of the protesters hit were Black Lives Matters protesters, according to Vice News reporters who were on the scene:
BuzzFeed News reporters are Periscoping the aftermath of the crash.
Richard Spencer “appalled” that police ended right-wing rally
Both the right-wing protesters and anti-fascist counter protesters claimed Saturday’s violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as a success for their side.
However, the right never actually held the event they had planned, as a state of emergency was declared and riot police kicked them out of Emancipation Park, where it was to be held.
“I think this is unequivocally a win for us,” Lacy MacAuley, a self-described anti-fascist organizer and activist, told BuzzFeed News reporter Blake Montgomery.
“If it hadn’t been for us opposing the right, we would have seen them take the park and declaring victory right now and marching unchecked and unopposed through Charlottesville’s streets,” said MacAuley.
Many on the right dispersed shortly after riot police shut down the initial event.
“This was a great day. This was certainly a propaganda victory, a moral victory,” said alt-right personality Richard Spencer, in a Periscope posted to Twitter.
Spencer, one of the leaders of the rally, tweeted to his supporters to “disperse” from Charlottesville, since the state of emergency made the protest unlawful.
In a Periscope, he used racial slurs against the deputy mayor of Charlottesville, Dr Wes Bellamy, who is black. Spencer called him “a house you-know-what” in a Periscope after the event, furious that local authorities had shut down the event.
“I never felt like the police or any kind of federal authorities were really trying to crack down on me, until today. I have never been so outraged at the mayor…. I am absolutely appalled,” said Spencer.
The University of Virginia cancelled all planned events and classes on Saturday in response to the violence.
“As of 12:30 p.m., a single arrest has been reported,” police said on Facebook. “Emergency Medical Personnel have responded to eight injuries related to the event.
“Law enforcement will continue to monitor the situation and respond as appropriate.”
– Amber Jamieson
President Trump: “There is no place for this kind of violence in America.”
President Donald Trump condemned the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that caused a Virginia state of emergency.
“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!” Trump tweeted after hours of silence from the White House.
In a later tweet, Trump called the situation “sad.”
“Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. [Veterans Affairs]; all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!” Trump tweeted.
Before Trump’s first tweet, the first lady was the only one from the president’s family who had addressed the situation.
His statement drew some criticism for not specifically calling out hate groups.
Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted.
“I stand with @POTUS against hate & violence. U.S is greatest when we join together & oppose those seeking to divide us,” Pence tweeted.
The White House has been in contact with the Virginia governor’s office and has spoken with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff.
People are praising a group of students as heroes for standing up to a white supremacist march
During Friday night’s march, a small group of counter-protesters, which included students, linked arms and stood in the middle of hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists.
“This is not something that we thought would ever happen, that we would ever see in our lifetime,” Alex Spratley, a second-year student who counter-protested, told the Cavalier Daily. “It’s wild.”
Now, people are praising the counter-protesters as heroes for their bravery.
“Tell me again how today’s college students are scared snowflakes,” one person tweeted.
Read the full story here.
Richard Spencer tweets for right-wing protesters to “disperse”
Richard Spencer, an alt-right Twitter personality and one of the leaders of the Unite the Rally event in Charlottesville today – which was broken up by police before it officially began – tweeted that protesters should “disperse. Get out of Charlottesville city limits”:
First lady speaks out: “No good comes from violence.”
First Lady Melania Trump became the first member of the president’s family to speak out on the events in Charlottesville, where a white supremacist rally caused a state of emergency.
“Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville,” she tweeted from her official White House account.
The White House has yet to make any official comments on the situation. BuzzFeed News has reached out for comment.
Republicans speak out against white supremacist rally
Republicans are beginning to speak out about the white supremacists rallying in Virginia, where a state of emergency has been declared.
“The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in a tweet.
“This is bigotry. This is racism. These are views we as the American people should reject,” Montana Sen. Steve Daines tweeted.
Members of congress are away from Washington for August recess. Other conservatives have also condemned the gathering, including the chair of the Republican National Committee.
“The hate & bigotry on display in #charlottesville is dangerous & cowardly,” Ronna McDaniel saidon Twitter.
Riot police remove protesters from Emancipation Park with violence breaking out in surrounding streets
The Unite the Right rally was to be held at 12 p.m. in Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee has been slated for removal.
The right-wing protesters argued with police.
At least one protester on the right was seen being arrested.
Protesters pushed back against riot police who removed right-wing demonstrators from the park with riot shields.
But riot police pushed protesters out of the park after the rally was ruled unlawful and violence broke out.
After being kicked out of the park, riots then began in the surrounding streets.
BuzzFeed News reporters Blake Montgomery and Andrew Kimmel filmed as a brawl broke out in a parking garage next to the police station, with protesters holding metal pipes.
Another fight then broke out directly in front of the police station, which was broken up by a handful of officers.
Numerous people have been injured and are walking around with bleeding heads.
Tim Kaine says he’s “deeply disturbed” by events in Charlottesville
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said he is “deeply disturbed” by the events in Charlottesville, where white supremacists have gathered to rally.
“I’m deeply disturbed that our country has to wake up to headlines of torch-wielding white nationalists promoting bigotry and inciting fear on a college campus in Virginia,” Kaine said in a statement on Saturday. “I’m praying for, and urging, peace today.”
Kaine, the Democratic running mate in the last presidential election and former Virginia governor, said “that’s not what Virginians stand for.”
“People peddling in hate from outside of Charlottesville will never define this vibrant community.”
Officials declare state of emergency
“Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville,” McAuliffe’s office tweeted.
“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property,” McAuliffe said in another statement. “I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours. The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety.”
The county and city also declared local emergencies, the Charlottesville police department said in a statement on Saturday morning.
“This joint declaration allows local officials to request additional resources if needed to respond to ongoing events in the community which are currently localized in downtown Charlottesville,” the statement said.
McAuliffe said Virginia state police requested the state of emergency just before 11:30 a.m. EST. and he “immediately authorized” one.
Fights break out at rally, as pepper spray and batons are used
Violence has erupted at the Unite the Right rally, with people being hit with what appeared to be pepper spray, while batons were being used in violent skirmishes.
Protesters on both sides – many of whom were wearing helmets and carrying homemade shields – were seen throwing rocks, plastic bottles filled with concrete, and glass bottles. Fist-fights were also breaking out.
Items like tomatoes and plums were thrown, as were newspapers and dumpsters, by Antifa protesters.
Baked Alaska, an alt-right protester and Twitter personality who was expected to speak at the rally, was pepper sprayed. Pepper spray is being used regularly by the protesters and counter protesters.
At 11:35 a.m., state police announced the event had been declared an unlawful assembly and that protesters needed to leave.
“Clear the area now or you will be arrested,” announced a police officer on a megaphone.
Both sides backed away slightly but protesters on both sides remained in the area.
The city of Virginia declared a state of emergency at 11:20 a.m.
People are mocking the white nationalists protesters for carrying literal tiki torches
During Friday night’s march, hundreds of white nationalists wielded tiki torches, which many online were quick to mock.
People took guesses at whether the protestors had bought them at Pier One, or perhaps Party City. Many also pointed out the irony of asserting white supremacy using a product of Polynesian culture.
“These are legit scary assholes, but they’d be scarier if they didn’t use citronella tiki torches they bought from Lowes,” one person tweeted.
Read the full story here.
UVA condemns white nationalist protest
The University of Virginia on Saturday issued a statement condemning the previous evening’s events:
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan strongly condemned the demonstration that occurred on Grounds on the evening of August 11. The intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protestors was wrong. Those who gather with the intent to strike fear and sow division do not reflect the University’s values and will not influence or diminish the University’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and mutual respect. Included in these values also are a respect for the First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.
The University of Virginia is a public institution and as such must abide by state and federal laws regarding the public’s right to access open spaces. While University policy speaks to the ability to reserve space inside University-owned facilities, permits or registration to access public and open outdoor spaces are not required. University policy also does not generally prohibit open flames in outdoor spaces.
With regard to the incident last night, University Police arrested one protestor and charged the individual with assault and disorderly conduct. Several injuries were reported, including one University police officer who was injured while making the arrest. Several other members of the University community sustained minor injuries during the confrontation.
Law enforcement did not deploy pepper spray or any other chemical agents. Reports indicate that the pepper spray was used by the protestors. Law enforcement on the scene declared an “unlawful assembly” once physical altercations among the protestors began to escalate.
The safety and well-being of every member of the University community and its visitors remains a top priority. The University continues to monitor developments in the City and is closely coordinating with state and local law enforcement. The University continues to discourage members of the University community from attending the planned downtown rallies.
As President of the University of Virginia, I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protestors that marched on our Grounds this evening. I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including University personnel who were attempting to maintain order.
Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable. The violence displayed on Grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the University’s values.
White supremacists gather for “Unite the Right” demonstration
Hundreds of white-supremacists — including the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and unnamed armed militia — gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite The Right” rally on Saturday.
Many of the same demonstrators descended on the campus of the University of Virginia on Friday night for a violent, torchlit march. They chanted racist slogans such as “Jews will not replace us”, “white lives matter,” and “end immigration,” while also performing the Nazi salute. The marchers surrounded counter-protesters, spraying them with chemicals, and physical fights broke out.
Although the Saturday rally was not scheduled to officially kick off until 12 p.m. local time, crowds began gathering early.
Several groups of both protesters and counter-protesters were present, including local religious leaders and politicians who linked arms to form a human chain against the white supremacists.
Unite the Right protesters began marching the streets chanting “blood and soil” (a Nazi slogan that links family lineage to land).
By 10am, one protester had already been punched in the face by a counter-protester.
The Charlottesville Clergy Collective held a peaceful interfaith rally on Saturday morning, where deputy mayor Dr Wes Bellamy lead a chant of “no hate, no fear, white supremacy’s not welcome here.”
Many of those religious leaders and locals linked arms against the armed militia: