Nigro says it was "chaos and mayhem" as bodies flew. "It was very clearly intentional". On Saturday morning, protesters and counterprotesters faced off and kicked and punched, hurled water bottles and deployed chemical sprays against one another.
Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after auto plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville.
Police have declared a state of emergency in downtown Charlottesville, amid fears of escalating violence. Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators to disperse as they marched onto the scene Saturday. Mark Warner, a Democrat, told the white nationalists to leave Charlottesville.
And on Friday night neo-Nazi protesters brandishing flaming torches descended on the University of Virginia, brawling with counter-protesters and throwing Nazi salutes. The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.
In response to the Alt-Right's peaceful demonstration in support of the Lee Monument on May 13th, the City of Charlottesville and roving mobs of Antifa have cracked down on the First Amendment rights of conservatives and right wing activists.
The protesters were met with counter-demonstrators and tear gas.
"Both sides are hoping for a confrontation", he said.
The wave of violence incited during a gathering Saturday of white nationalists and counter-protesters led President Donald Trump and other state and national lawmakers to denounce the rally as hateful. "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".
Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, had meant to speak briefly at a ceremony marking the signing of bipartisan legislation to aid veterans, but he quickly found that those plans were overtaken by the escalating violence in the Virginia college town.
He blamed Charlottesville officials for cancelling the rally. He also witnessed the vehicle hitting pedestrians as it went in reverse.
The site of hundreds of white nationalists - majority white men - with torches at night stunned many at the university, even as they were preparing for Saturday's rally.
Several scuffles broke out at the rally after some of the nationalists swung their torches at people, the paper said, adding that several people were injured at the rally and at least one person was arrested.
White supremacists take part a the night before the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.
"I'm not going to make any bones about it".
Charlottesville, once home to Thomas Jefferson, is known as a progressive city of about 47,000 people.
After the violent outbursts, politicians tweeted their disdain at the events in Charlottesville.
However, the town has become a focal point for white nationalists after the city council voted to remove a statue of General Lee. It was previously called Lee Park.
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