One death reported after Virginia white nationalist clashes, vehicle crash

American extreme right calls to 'unite' at rally

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.

The mayor of Charlottesville said via Twitter on Saturday that he is "heartbroken" to announce that a "life has been lost". Numerous individuals coming to Charlottesville tomorrow are doing so in order to express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent.

A counter group of demonstrators showed up to protest a rally white nationalists and other extremists planned for Saturday.

A hospital official said one person has died and 19 were injured after a auto plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville.

Police have declared a state of emergency in downtown Charlottesville, amid fears of escalating violence.

White supremacists have clashed with anti-Nazi group in the state of Virginia for the last two days.

Donald Trump did not hesitate to compare US intelligence officers to Nazis but after white nationalists waving the Nazi flag erupted in violent clashes throughout downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, the president failed to call out racists and chide white supremacists - even after a vehicle plowed into a group of anti-racists protesters, killing at least one person.

Police arrived on campus, declared it an unlawful assembly, and ordered the crowds to disperse.

-This breaking news story will be updated. Police believe the rally could attract up to 6,000 people, CNN reported. "These rights belong to the "Unite the Right" activists who will express their beliefs, and to the many others who disagree with them".

Critics say the far-right has been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

Protesters chanted "blood and soil" and "one people, one nation, end immigration" as they rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson, WWBT reported.

"White supremacists have descended upon Charlottesville again to evoke a reaction as ugly and violent as their beliefs", he said.

A large contingent of white nationalist rallygoers holding shields and swinging wooden clubs rushed through a line of counterprotesters.

One of the counter-protesters who was hit described the scene to a reporter shortly after.

The Saturday rally was scheduled for noon at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, home to a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the city of Charlottesville voted to remove earlier this year. "Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry".

Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and "advocating for white people".

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