(ANTIMEDIA) — A protest in Charlottesville on Saturday, the largest gathering of white nationalists in recent years, turned so violent the governor declared a state of emergency. Earlier in the day, the Virginia National Guard arrived as at least a thousand police officers were deployed to arrest those who refused to clear the area.
Around noon, a car drove straight into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, severely injuring numerous people with at least one fatality. It is still not clear how badly they were hurt, and several local hospitals have not returned phone calls from those seeking information on the victims.
The large white nationalist gathering, billed as a “Unite the Right” protest, was the climax of more than a year-long debate in Charlottesville over the fate of the Robert E. Lee statue.
Below are 16 highly disturbing scenes from the Charlottesville chaos of today that underscore the degree of tension and division currently plaguing American society: