Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted that he was “heartbroken that a life has been lost here” and urged “all people of good will [to] go home”.
He had previously tweeted a similar message about a vehicle driving into pedestrians in the city after a violence rally was dispersed.
Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse. Reacting to the clashes, Governor of the USA state of Virginia Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville.
Friday’s rally took place shortly after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction allowing alt-right activists to hold Saturday’s “Unite the Right” event in Emancipation Park around the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said law enforcement is investigating the “intolerable” violence displayed on the campus.
Shocking video shows the moment a vehicle speed down a Charlottesville, Va., street, hit a group of protesters and sped off.
Multiple people have been injured in a auto crash in Charlottesville, VA. Video shows a auto ramming into the back of another auto, causing a pile-up and sending people over the top of the vehicle in front of it. The number of injuries has not been immediately disclosed.
An anti-fascist group called “Antifa” marched to counter the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.