University Of Virginia Protests: One Dead, 19 Injured After
Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife declared a state of emergency after violence flooded events for the "Unite the Right" rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Friday and Saturday. Mayor Mike Singer confirmed one person had died and 19 people were injuredafter a Dodge Challengerplowed into a crowd of counter-protesters, with witnesses claiming it was intentional.
A male driver is now in custody, according to Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran. Graphic video of the scene emerged showing the attack.
"The car reversed very fast back on the street," a male witness told CNN.
"Immediately, victims started coming out. My friend ran after the car. I gave first aid to a lady who had come out from the scene," the witness added.
Video footage shared on Twitter showsskirmishes that emerged at the protest. Protestors in opposition to the movement were also encircled by white nationalists.McAullife immediately authorized the Virginia State Police Department'srequest to declare a state of emergency.
"It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers...I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours," Gov. McAullife said in a statement.
Arrests are being made by the Virginia police following the eventthey referred to as an "unlawful assembly."
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The "Unite the Right" intends to summonwhite nationalists to stand against the plan to remove a statue ofConfederate General Robert E. Lee from the city park. People in opposition and support of the movement traveledfrom cities nationwide to participate in the event. Rally advocates carried fierytorches in their hands Friday as they marched through university grounds, chanting:"White lives matter."
"I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAullife — the hate and division must stop, and must stop right now," said President Trump.
Jason Kessler, the protest's organizer, referred to the event on Twitter as an"incredible moment for white people who've had it up to here and aren't going to take it anymore." He also tweeted about the issues the alt-right activists faced at Saturday's rally. Kessler wrote, "#Charlottesville refused to honor permit as ordered by a federal judge. CPD didn't even show up until 1.5 hrs into the permit."
UVA's PresidentTeresa A. Sullivan issued a statement ahead of the "Unite the Right" rally on the college's websiteAug. 4, which urged students to disassociate themselves from the event.
"One may stand up for one’s beliefs without physical confrontation. I urge students and all UVA community members to avoid the August 12 rally and avoid physical confrontation generally. There is a credible risk of violence at this event, and your safety is my foremost concern.
"To approach the rally and confront the activists would only satisfy their craving for spectacle. They believe that your counter-protest helps their cause...The organizers of the rallywantconfrontation; do not gratify their desire."
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