The Unite the Right rally was a gathering of far-right white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, on August 11 and 12, 2017. Those assembled at the rally included members of white supremacist, white nationalist, alt-right, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, and militia movements. The participants were protesting the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces, specifically the Robert Edward Lee Sculpture in Emancipation Park.
Hundreds of counterprotesters were in attendance. As a result, there were several violent clashes between protesters and counterprotesters. One attendee plowed a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 other people, including five critically. At least 19 people were injured in street brawls and other violence at the rally. Separately, a police helicopter monitoring the scene crashed 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Charlottesville, killing the two Virginia State Police troopers on board. Wikipedia