State of Emergency Declared at “Unite the Right” Rally as Riots and Violence Erupt [VIDEO]

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Thousands of white nationalists filled the streets Saturday morning when a clash between protestors and alt-right members turned violent resulting in eight people being injured. After a minivan plowed through a crowd of protesters, a state of emergency was declared at 11 a.m., and the alt-right event was deemed unlawful.

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An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 white nationalists marched through the streets in Emancipation Park wearing militia garb and waving flags as protesters flocked towards them. The counter-protesters could be heard chanting, “We’re here, we’re gay, we fight the KKK!”

The protest was originally peaceful, then videos started popping up on social media of people throwing objects like bricks and bottles.

Law enforcement on the scene tried to break up fights by using pepper spray but immediately realized they were outnumbered.

Police in riot gear approached the location where the two parties were fighting and began tossing in tear gas bombs to disperse the crowd and regain control.

Mike Signer, the Charlottesville Mayor, called the whole incident a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.”

The alt-right rally was in protest of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue being removed from the middle of the city.

Huffington Post reporter Christopher Mathias tweeted, “Just witnessed a violent fight in a parking garage. Nazi dude pulled a gun. Some bad injuries.”

A University of Virginia professor, who is black, told reporters she sent her son out of town this weekend because “this isn’t how he should have to grow up.”

The First Lady and the President both commented on the issue. Melania Trump took to Twitter in an effort to calm the turmoil taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia, by stating: “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.”

President Trump echoed a similar sentiment by asking for Americans to come together. “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”