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13 August 2017, 03:50 | Myron Mathis
Man arrested over auto attack in Virginia
- 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 vehicle plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.
There are now reports that two police officers were also killed in a helicopter crash near the scene of the rally.
A 32-year-old woman was among those killed when a auto ploughed into a crowd, according to Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, and injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.
The Charlottesville Police Department said in a statement Saturday night that James Alex Fields Jr. of OH also faces three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene.
Tempers flared at times during the march, with protesters decrying President Donald Trump and the white nationalist rally in Virginia, but there were also somber moments to mourn the victims of white supremacy, past and present.
Mr Trump also stopped short of attacking the white supremacist groups in his tweets or in his public comments. False equivalencies between sides simply provides cover to the white supremacists seeking to take our country backwards and tear our communities apart. The vehicle then rapidly drives away in reverse as several people lay on the ground injured.
And Senator Orrin Hatch tweeted: "We should call evil by its name. There is no place for you in America".
After the election, in a November 2016 interview with The New York Times, Trump disavowed the movement and said he did not intend to energize the alt-right.
Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, had meant to speak briefly at a ceremony marking the signing of bipartisan legislation to aid veterans, but he quickly found that those plans were overtaken by the escalating violence in the Virginia college town.
The auto crash came after a day of violent and chaotic clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.
Officials said there is no indication of foul play and that the cause of the crash remains under investigation by state police, the FAA and NTSB. "I urge all people of good will - go home".
That was not how the Charlottesville mayor assessed the chaos that led the governor to declare a state of emergency, contending that Trump's campaign fed the flames of prejudice.
"There were just a few cars that counter-protesters were blocking", the man said. "I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president".
Former Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke attended the rally as well as other prominent white nationalist leaders.
"I'm not going to make any bones about it". "As one of the oldest and largest racial justice organizations in our country, we understand the human devastation discrimination brings, and the urgency of acting now to combat discrimination and hate".
Charlottesville Police say one driver has been taken into custody, and at least 35 people were injured in the protest clashes and the auto crash today. "Lets come together as one!"
US President Donald Trump condemned the violence via Twitter.
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