Unite the Right
White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia, on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11, 2017. Reuters

A state of emergency was declared Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, due to the threat of "civil disobedience, unrest, potential injury to persons," the city tweeted on its verified account. Three people have been killed and 35 were injured in the violent "Unite the Right" rally, organized by white nationalists that ended in chaos.

The city also tweeted about the arrest of three people by Virginia state police, out of which two were non-locals. While one of them was arrested for carrying a concealed handgun, another man was charged with disorderly conduct. The third man from Virginia was charged with assault and battery.

Among the three people killed, one of them was a 32-year-old woman, who was killed while walking across the street when a speeding car hit scores of protesters in the rally and injured 19 people. The video of the car slamming into the crowd was also shared on Twitter. The rally was organized against the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the Emancipation Park.

Social media has been flooded with posts condemning the outbreak of violence in the city. Over 50,000 posts were shared on Twitter that featured the trend — #ThisIsNotUS.

Some Twitter users said instead of tweeting, "#ThisIsNotUS," the people of the country should do something to stop the violence.

As the turmoil unfolded, President Donald Trump on Saturday issued a statement from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is away on a vacation, about the violent Charlottesville rally, but his remarks sparked criticism as he suggested "many sides" were to blame.

Democrats and some Republicans attacked the president for failing to single out white nationalists. Mark Herring, Virginia's attorney general, tweeted: "Violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of 'many sides.' It is racists and white supremacists."

Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Florida), tweeted urging Trump to call the incidents at the Charlottesville rally a "terror attack" and "domestic terrorism" by white supremacists.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) tweeted: "it's hard to disavow bigots and hate when they are amongst your key strategists." In its tweet, the civil rights organization referred to the White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who ran Breitbart News. He has been called a white nationalist on previous occasions by the president's critics, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in November, the Hill reported.

Holly O'Reilly, March For Truth organizer, according to her Twitter bio, tweeted a video of the rally and wrote that the participants are Trump's people. The March for Truth is a coalition of organizations and individuals demanding a fair investigation into the Russian meddling in the presidential election, according to their official website. The organizers held a nationwide protest in June.

The police response to the protests ahead of Charlottesville rally on Friday night was "tame" in comparison to the response when black people hold rallies, an article published Saturday by the NBC News said. According to the report, when the black communities gathered in the past to rally against discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore, Maryland and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, they were met with rougher police treatment, force in riot gear, military equipment, and firepower. However, when Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacist organizations hold rallies, police was much more liberal in managing the rallies until incidents took place.