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White nationalist “alt-right” groups have been protesting in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the removal of a confederate statue since Friday night, and on Saturday afternoon, the already-violent protests appeared to take a tragic turn.

During a live stream of the protest, a car that appeared to be pushed by another car plowed into demonstrators. A reporter on the scene told MSNBC there were nine people hit and that photos of the victims were likely “too graphic” for broadcast:

So far, it is not known if the victims were protesters or counter-demonstrators, or if the attack was a deliberate act.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) has declared a state of emergency, and President Donald Trump had tweeted twice about the protests prior to the vehicle attack:

Trump so far has declined to single out white nationalism for condemnation, instead ambiguously denouncing “hate.”

Update: Multiple outlets are reporting that the victims were counterprotesters. Here's another clip of the incident, via Twitter:

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