Multiple injuries reported after a car plows through counter-protesters at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

Counter-protesters lock arms in the middle of a street as police try to disperse them, after members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstThomson Reuters

A car drove through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon, according to video footage recorded at the scene.

The incident occurred after clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters subsided a bit. Injuries have been reported, although it’s unclear how many people have been injured.

The incident appears to have been intentional.

The protests accompanied a “Unite the Right” rally that was called by white nationalists in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

One of the counter-protesters who was hit described the scene to a reporter shortly after. “There were just a few cars that counter-protesters were blocking,” the man said. 

He then said that the driver of the car was “honking their horn” and then “they were just, like, bulldozing through people.” 

Another witness had two friends who were hit by the car and had to take them to the hospital. The witness described the incident as “absolutely intentional.” 

“A packed street and a car comes speeding down, at least 40 mph and rams into everyone, backs up and does it again,” they said in a text message to Outline staff writer William Turton.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency earlier on Saturday, as clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters continued to escalate. 

Warning: The footage below contains graphic content and may be disturbing to some viewers

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