Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
James Alex Fields Jr was caught by police a few streets away from the bloody carnage (Picture: Albemarle County Jail/AFP/Getty Images and Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder over the car attack at an anti-far right protest in Charlottesville that killed one woman and injured 19.  

James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, was charged with second-degree murder and is currently being held at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

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Several hundred protesters were marching in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday to take a stand against a white supremacist rally.

Disturbing video footage shows a Dodge Challenger, which is registered to Fields, accelerating into the crowd of protesters who are hurled into the air before the car reverses at speed.

A 32-year-old woman, whose identity has not been revealed, was killed in the attack.

Fields was caught and arrested a few streets away from the bloody carnage.

Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters (Picture: Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)
Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
Rescue personnel help injured people (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
The Dodge Challenger reverses at speed after driving into a group of protesters (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)
Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
A woman receives first-aid in the aftermath of the disturbing attack (Picture: AFP PHOTO / Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty)
Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
A man applies liquid believed to be “Milk of magnesia” to treat pepper spray (Picture: Reuters/Justin Ide)

The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, said his only message for the white supremacists and neo-Nazis that brought chaos to Charlottesville is to ‘go home’.

Before the death of a 32-year-old woman was confirmed, Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted to see white nationalists descend on his town, going on to blame Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices during his presidential campaign last year.

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Mr Signer said: ‘I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.’

The FBI has now opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly crash.

Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
Vehicle hurls protesters into the air (Picture: Faith Goldy with Rebel Media/via Reuters)
Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
The immediate aftermath is a scene of chaos (Picture: AFP PHOTO / Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty)

Violence erupted at the University of Virginia ahead of planned Unite the Right rally, organised by white supremacists at Emancipation Park.

Shocking footage shows fighting between dozens of protesters, paint being thrown on them and some of the protesters being pepper-sprayed in the face.

Police could be heard shouting: ‘We’ll not intervene until given command to do so.’

Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
An anti-fascist counter-protester hurls a newspaper box toward white nationalists (Picture: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Man charged with murder over car attack at anti-far right protest in Virginia
Medics help an injured woman after a car (Picture: AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Members of the clergy at the local church could be seen linking arms in a bid to block one of the entrances to the park, while alt-right protesters chanted ‘White lives matter’ as they marched through.

Pictures from the protests showed white supremacists holding torches in the air and chanting slogans such as ‘one people, one nation, end immigration’ as they clashed with anti-fascism protesters.

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Traci Blackmon, a black woman who was inside the church in Charlottesville, Virginia, described the fear of those people inside.

Writing on Twitter, she said: ‘They are coming for the church! Police all around. They won’t let us go outside. Y’all these KKK are marching with torches!’