One person has been killed, and 19 others injured, after a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, U.S.
The counter-protesters had gathered where a "Unite the Right" rally was supposed to take place, consisting of white nationalist and other right-wing groups.
The governor of the state of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has since declared a state of emergency following the violent attack that occurred on Saturday afternoon at approx. 1pm (U.S local time).
“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.”
It was reported that the group of counter-protesters has left a local park where the rally was earlier gathered, and as they moved through the region's downtown mall, a grey sports car sped towards them, ploughing into a crowd of people before they could move, and also hitting two other vehicles.
A reporter who was at the scene at the time said, “It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. After that it was pandemonium. The car hit reverse and sped and everybody who was up the street in my direction started running.”
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Mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, spoke with CNN to reveal that one person had been killed by the incident, and a number of other citizens had been hospitalised.
The rally has been labelled one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists, and had convened to protest the removal of a statue of civil war general Robert E. Lee, which had been planned.
Unrest rose from Friday night onwards, when white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed at the park's location.
The "Unite The Right" rally quickly turned to violence and has been declared unlawful by police and the Virginia National Guard cleared the park and began arresting anyone still in attendance.
U.S President Donald Trump has since spoken out about the incident, saying, "We ALL must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”