3 dead, 20 Injured After White Supremacist Rally in Virginia

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 13, 2017

- Chaos and violence turned to tragedy Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members - planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to "take America back" - clashed with counterprotesters in the streets and a auto plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.

The person who died when a vehicle smashed into the crowd, there were also the pilot and a passenger in a state police helicopter that crashed outside the city, Xinhua quoted Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as saying.

Authorities say a 20-year-old OH man accused of driving a vehicle into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

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

President Donald Trump, speaking midafternoon from New Jersey, condemned "the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in Charlottesville.

"White supremacy is a scourge", wrote House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). One counter-protester died and several others were injured after a driver plowed into a crowd.

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name".

And the United States leader added that Americans must come together "with love for our nation. and true affection for each other". "The hate and the division must stop and must stop right now", Trump said, without specifically mentioning white nationalists or their views.

President Trump responded to the incident with a speech where he placed blame on "many sides" for the violence and bigotry that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville. Counter-protesters massed in opposition.

The turbulence in Virginia began Friday night with a meeting of white nationalists who gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Federal authorities said a civil rights investigation into the deadly crash was opened hours after it happened. "I urge all people of good will - go home". "It's been going on for a long time in our country".

Witnesses say the victims were counter protesters marching to oppose thousands of white nationalists who descended on the city for a second straight day.

The Virginia Governor further said, "Our patriots are young men and women who are wearing the cloth of our country and somewhere aroud the globe they are putting their life in danger, they are patriots you are not and You all came here to hurt people.but my message to you is We are stronger than you and you will not succeed there is no place for you in America".

New York's State Attorney General and the National Action Network (NAN) have denounced the violence caused by the largest gathering of white nationalists in years in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Among the white supremacists at Saturday's rally were alt-right leader Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke.

"This weekend, white nationalists terrorized Charlottesville and the rest of our country".

"I'm not going to make any bones about it".

After the deaths were announced, President Donald Trump tweeted, "Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. Lets come together as one!"

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