The Wall Street Journal: Car strikes crowd of demonstrators after white nationalist rally’s cancellation in Charlottesville, Va.

A car plowed into a crowd of protesters and counterprotesters at a white supremacists rally in downtown Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, hours after Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency over violent clashes.

Charlottesville city officials said there were “multiple injuries” from the car hitting pedestrians.

Police ordered crowds to disperse as chaotic and violent scenes erupted around the city. Groups clashed in fist fights, with batons and threw newspaper boxes at each other. Some carried sticks and shields, and wore helmets.

See: ‘Fire and fury,’ pronounces banner headline of Charlottesville, Va., newspaper

Also: Virginia elected officials on alert as Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ marchers chant Nazi-era slogan

The planned demonstration by a white supremacist group was protesting the removal of a statute of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.

Jason Kessler, the leader of a white supremacist group and organizer of the demonstration, said the rally was canceled around 11:30 a.m. when the Charlottesville Police “declared an unlawful assembly and forced us to leave.”

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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