Demonstrators in the Bay Area are planning to gather in Oakland on Saturday in response to a violent and deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The group also reported vandalism to "Hate Has No Home Here" signs that were put up in yards throughout the neighborhood. After the "Unite the Right" rally descended into violence and was subsequently dispersed, a vehicle plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing at least one person and injuring at least 19 others. The 20-year-old is from Maumee, Ohio, outside of Toledo.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared an emergency and halted the planned white nationalist rally. "You pretend that you are patriots but you are anything but a patriot", McAuliffe said adding that there was "no place" for the supporters of the far-right views in the United States.
Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, was arrested.
President Trump responded to the incident with a speech where he placed blame on "many sides" for the violence and bigotry that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville.
I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. "We are extremely distressed and dismayed by the actions of those who acted in ignorance and hate, and we condemn those actions in the strongest of terms". On Saturday afternoon, a Virginia State Police helicopter assisting in monitoring the protests crashed in Albermarle County. David Duke told reporters in Charlottesville that the rally was a turning point in fulfilling Trump's promise to take America back.