At least 6 injured in car crash after violent rally in Virginia

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-13 03:15:17|Editor: Liangyu
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least six people were injured in a multiple car crash following a violent white nationalist rally on Saturday, in Charlottesville in U.S. state of Virginia, the city authorities tweeted.

Charlottesville police said at least three vehicles were involved in the incident, as video on social media had showed.

A dozen medics were seen carting the injured back and forth on stretchers following the incident.

Matthew Korbon, an eyewitness, said he saw a car at high speed rear-end another car, then back up and plow through pedestrians.

He told the Washington Post that he was standing only 10 feet from where the crash happened.

Just before the incident, thousands of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and right-wing protesters, as well as groups that oppose them, clashed during the "Unite the Right" rally at the Emancipation Park in the downtown. Police dispersed the rally after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the state of emergency in the town.

U.S. Presidend Donald Trump on Saturday condemned "all that hate stands for" on Twitter in the wake of reports of the violent gathering.

"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America," Trump tweeted.

Many of the white nationalist protesters "express beliefs that directly contradict our community's values of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect," Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, said in a statement released hours before the rally.

"Many of the individuals coming to Charlottesville are doing so in order to express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent." said Virginia governor in another statement.

Charlottesville, home of Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia, has become the latest Southern battleground over the contested removal of Confederate monuments.

In April, the city council voted to remove the bronze statue of pro-slavery Confederate General Robert Lee. The removal is on hold pending litigation but has angered many white supremacists since the council voting.