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Car plows into crowd of protesters at protests in Virginia, one dead

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (CNN) - Update: One person has died in the protests. 

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Authorities are on the scene after a vehicle plowed into a group of people marching peacefully through downtown Charlottesville.

An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately afterward the incident, which occurred approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them.

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Two people were injured at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday morning.

An altercation broke out during the "Unite the Right" rally. The injuries are described as serious, but non-life-threatening.

Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the protest against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes it as "the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades."

The city has become ground zero for white nationalist and other protesters, who faces larger counter-rallies in the past.

About 1,000 law enforcement officers and first responders are keeping an eye on the event.

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