One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters (Picture: Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

One person has died after a car plowed into a group of protesters just two hours after a state of emergency was declared in Charlottesville, Virginia, today.

Violence erupted ahead of a large march by white supremacists.

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At least 19 people have been injured in the clashes at the University of Virginia ahead of the planned Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park.

A hospital official says one person has died after being hit by the car.

University of Virginia Medical Center spokeswoman Angela Taylor confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

The mayor of Charlottesville said on Twitter on Saturday that he is ‘heartbroken’ to announce that a ‘life has been lost.’ He did not provide details.

Shocking footage shows fighting between dozens of protesters, paint being thrown on them and some of the protesters being pepper-sprayed in the face.

One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
Rescue personnel help injured people (Picture: AP Photo/Steve Helber)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
A woman receives first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters (Picture: AFP/ Paul J. Richards/ Getty Images)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
A woman was pictured covered in blood (Picture: AFP/ Paul J. Richards/ Getty Images)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
Police speak to protesters after they were hit my the vehicle (Picture: AFP/ Paul J. Richards/ Getty Images)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ clash with counter-protesters (Picture: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
(Picture: AP Photo/Steve Helber)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
(Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
(Picture: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Police could be heard shouting: ‘We’ll not intervene until given command to do so.’

Members of the clergy at the local church could be seen linking arms in a bid to block one of the entrances to the park, while alt-right protesters chanted ‘White lives matter’ as they marched through.

The mayor has condemned the march as a ‘parade of hatred’.

Pictures from the protests last night showed white supremacists holding torches in the air and chanting slogans such as ‘one people, one nation, end immigration’ as they clashed with anti-fascism protesters.

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One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park (Picture: AP Photo/Steve Helber)

One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
A woman has a special mixture and water poured in her eyes after being hit with pepper spray (PIcture: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
One dead after car plows into protesters as state of emergency is declared in Virginia
A White Supremacist struggles over a White Nationalist flag during clashes (Picture: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Traci Blackmon, a black woman who was inside the church in Charlottesville, Virginia, described the fear of those people inside.

Writing on Twitter, she said: ‘They are coming for the church! Police all around. They won’t let us go outside. . Y’all these KKK are marching with torches!’

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Response teams from Richmond are currently at the scene as well as the Virginia National Guard.

The rally comes after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction, allowing the Unite the Right rally to be held at Emancipation Park.

The judge made the decision around 8pm last night.

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