Auto rams into crowd of demonstrators after white nationalist rally in Virginia

Auto rams into crowd of demonstrators after white nationalist rally in Virginia

The clashes came after a federal judge ordered Charlottesville authorities to allow a weekend rally of white nationalists and other extremists to take place.

Trump said "many sides" were involved in the Charlottesville incidents, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right.

Donald Trump has strongly condemned the ongoing violence in Virginia and said that a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives is vital. Virginia State Police will be assisting local authorities, and a spokesman said the Virginia National Guard "will closely monitor the situation and will be able to rapidly respond and provide additional assistance if needed".

One volunteer street medic told Eaton that about 15 people were hurt, with injuries ranging from broken legs to head wounds.

Social media filled up with people watching the march from afar last night and this morning, calling for these proud "white nationalists" to be identified by name to their loved ones and employers.

"We're closely following the bad events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course. On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in this country. "It has no place in America". They were protesting against the planned removal of a Confederate general Robert E Lee's statue from a park in the college town of Charlottesville.

Trump said he spoke to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe - a Democrat and longtime Clinton ally - on the telephone, "and we agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".

Though the president did take to Twitter before a press conference, it was first lady Melania Trump who broke the silence concerning the protests.

Others defended the university and stood against hate.

Mrs Trump was the first voice out of the White House to condemn one of the largest race hate rallies in the United States for decades.

Other footage showed rivals on either side using hand-made shields as they fought each other.

Trump said Saturday on Twitter: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence".

Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove the confederate statue from a downtown park.