Nationalists involved in scuffles at torch-lit Virginia rally (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Nationalists involved in scuffles at torch-lit Virginia rally (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia, on the eve of a planned "Unite The Right" rally.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer wrote a more appropriate response on Facebook that described the Ku Klux Klan-evoking event as a "despicable display of visual intimidation".

There are also multiple reports of pepper spray being used. Their conditions were not known.

Trump, who also signed a Veterans Affairs health care bill Saturday afternoon, later tweeted: "Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!" "No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society".

"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for", Trump said in a message on Twitter.

"Hate and division must stop, and must stop right now".

And the USA leader added that Americans must come together "with love for our nation ... and true affection for each other". It has been going on for a long, long time.

By 11 a.m., several fully armed militias and hundreds of right wing rally goers had poured into the small downtown park that is the site of the planned rally.

"No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all American first". "We wanna get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville and we want to study it", he continued. Several people were injured, and at least one was arrested, according to The Daily Progress.

Nationalists involved in scuffles at torch-lit Virginia rally (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Nationalists involved in scuffles at torch-lit Virginia rally (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Ambulances quickly arrived at the scene of the auto crash, which a witness told AFP was "intentional" - saying one girl got "tore up" after the vehicle "backed up and they hit again".

In a statement issued prior to Friday night's events, Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that "personnel from Virginia's National Guard were standing by to respond if needed" ahead of Saturday's rally.

The Unite the Right rally is being held at noon at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, home to a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the city of Charlottesville voted to remove earlier this year.

The violence didn't die down even after police attempted to clear the area.

The two groups clashed before police broke it up, NBC29 in Charlottesville reported. Video shows a auto ramming into the back of another auto, causing a pile-up and sending people over the top of the vehicle in front of it.

An AFP journalist saw injured people on the ground and others in tears.

The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism said it could be the largest white supremacist gathering in a decade.

"Unite the Right was expected to draw a broad spectrum of far-right extremist groups - from immigration foes to anti-Semitic bigots, neo-Confederates, Proud Boys, Patriot and militia types, outlaw bikers, swastika-wearing neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Ku Klux Klan members - all of whom seem emboldened by the Trump presidency", according to the USA nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Police presence was heavy, with more than 1,000 officers expected to be deployed, city officials said.

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