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White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia, on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Alejandro Alvarez/News2Share via REUTERS

Charlottesville- A vehicle hit a crowd of counter-protestors gathered in a Charlottesville, Virginia, leading to a number of injuries in the city where the emergency state has been declared.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer stated that a car plough into a group of counter-protestors during a gathering for the far-right wing, killing at least one person.

He tweeted: “I am furious and heartsick by the car crash that has injured many.”

For his part, US President Donald Trump tweeted: “We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America.”

This tweet coincided with Charlottesville preparations to spur massive white nationalists’ protests amidst attempts from force-enforcement bodies to limit them.

Thousands were expected to surge to the city to participate in the Unite the Right gathering after hours of protests that took place inside the town’s collage – on Friday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called on residents of the state to avail from marshes but clashes occurred between the two groups of protestors.

The police announced that some protestors used pepper spray, while an AFP journalist witnessed protestors wearing military customs and throwing bottles even before the beginning of the marsh.