Trump condemns violence in Charlottesville protests

A white supremacist carries the Confederate flag as he arrives in Charlottesville

A white supremacist carries the Confederate flag as he arrives in Charlottesville

The crowds gathered in response to a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The male driver has been taken into custody and police were treating the incident as a "criminal homicide", he said. Fields and another arrested are not from the state of Virginia. Moran did not immediately provide a name of the driver.

According to the Daily Progress, the officers who died in the crash were H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian, Virginia, and Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton.

The video scenes of a auto driven by an apparent white racist into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia and then backing out again are sickening and horrifying.

People scattered, running for safety in different directions, he said.

Journalist Alex Rubinstein said he witnessed the incident.

Photos and video of police stopping a damaged grey sedan were posted on Twitter shortly thereafter. "It was just hard to watch, hard to see".

At about 1:45 p.m., a auto turned towards a crowd counter-protesters and drove straight into it before driving off, according to witnesses. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism.

Let's pray for the victims and their loved ones. Multiple punches were thrown, pepper spray was sprayed and torches were used as weapons.

Video shows Shieldcar ramming into the back of another auto, causing a pile-up and sending people over the top of the vehicle in front of it.

Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia declared a state of emergency when the groups clashed late Saturday morning.

He says he wants rally attendees to leave town peacefully.

After the park was cleared, protesters carrying Confederate flags, Nazi symbols and other anti-Semitic signs marched to McIntire Park, a larger location where city officials had previously tried to move the rally.

Colleen Cook, 26, stood on a curb shouting at the rally attendees to go home.

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Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. "There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today".

"Both sides are hoping for a confrontation", he said.

The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to allow the police chief to declare a curfew.

The protests began Friday evening, a gathering of "white nationalists", and counter-protesters.

Kessler sued, saying the change was a free speech violation.

"This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do", he said in an interview. Fighting broke out on Saturday in the city's downtown when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said it was expecting a range of far-right groups to attend including the National Socialist Movement, the League of the South, as well as "various anti-government, Patriot, militia, Klan, III Percenters and anti-immigration groups".

Officials have been preparing for the rally for months.

Colleen Cook, 26, holds a sign as hundreds of people are facing off in Charlottesville, Va., ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the Virginia city's downtown, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.

President Donald Trump is tweeting about the violence that has erupted amid a white supremacist march in Virginia.

"I'm not going to make any bones about it".

He added there is no place for this kind of violence in America.

For now, the Lee statue remains.