Hundreds Of Torch-Wielding White Nationalists Marched Through The University Of Virginia

08 2017 shows members of the Ku Klux Klan and others arriving for a rally calling for the protection of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville Virginia

Crowds of torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Friday, chanting "you will not replace us" and "blood and soil". "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here".

Video footage showed the vehicle plowing through a group of people protesters after police broke up clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters.

A hospital official said one person has died and 19 were injured after a auto plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville. It wasn't immediately clear how many demonstrators remained in other parts of the city.

The state police have been deployed, with riot police and the National Guard waiting in the wings.

Police are preparing as a group protesting the removal of a confederate statue is planning a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend.

-This breaking news story will be updated. But various groups have made Charlottesville a target because the city plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a local park.

He said he considered the viewpoint of those supporting the rally "abhorrent", but also says it's their right to peacefully express it.

A police cruiser shown amid protests and counter-demonstrators descended on the small city of Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

The effort developed amid a push by communities across the South to remove Confederate iconography from public property since the 2015 rampage killings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, by a self-described white supremacist. The city said two people were treated for serious but non-life-threatening emergencies from altercations by 10:30 a.m. Counter-protesters also flooded the area to demonstrate their disdain for the protesters' message.

Reuters and a number of local reports put the number of protesters in the hundreds.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle agreed that such speech, which included racist and anti-Semitic slurs, should be condemned, and some emphasized that while they support freedom of speech and assembly, they do not condone the violence and racism seen in Charlottesville. "Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry".

More than 100 white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists marched with Tiki torches through the university's lawn and the Rotunda.

The rally in the quiet university town was authorized by officials in Virginia, but stirred heated debate in America, where critics say the far right has been energized by Donald Trump's election to the presidency.

"These are trying and hard times for our city and our nation", Jones said, according to Daily Progress, which covered the event as it took place on the ground.

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