Shocking video shows vehicle slam into protesters at 'Unite the Right' rally

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

A New Zealander has been caught up in the middle of an anti-racism protest in USA that ended in tragedy.

Kiwi Chris Mahony, who had travelled from Washington DC to be part of the counter protest, spoke to CNN about the "traumatising" event.

He saw a police officer and told him: "That vehicle just ploughed into a whole lot of people".

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Moments later, "We heard a auto going incredibly fast down the road and saw it plow into the crowd, and then it reversed back".

Fields had allegedly been driving through a crowd of mostly counter-protesters - people who had converged near Charlottesville's Emancipation Park in opposition to a white supremacist rally there. "Quickly take me to where this happened", Mr Mahony said.

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It wasn't a surprise, Mahoney added, as both sides of the protest "had a high level of antagonism".

"You had people literally in military fatigues walking around so that is an incredibly intimidating environment".

"When that happened I thought, "This is someone deliberately attacking these people due to their beliefs", he said.

"It's a little bit traumatising of course to witness these people go flying and later the carnage of everybody lying around".

The police officer immediately radioed the information to other officers and the driver was arrested.

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