Auto in Charlottesville plows into anti-racism protesters: what we know

Scores of white nationalists holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night ahead of a
VIDEO: Violence breaks out at white nationalist rally in Virginia
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13 Agosto, 2017

The crash happened in the midst of a tense day of protests as white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville to protest plans to tear down Confederate monuments.

During a press conference on Saturday, Trump said, "No matter our color, creed, region or political party, we are all Americans first".

Later that afternoon, two Virginia state police officers died in a helicopter crash that officials said was linked to the protests, although they did not clarify the connection.

Officials say there are multiple injuries after a auto plowed into a group of people marching peacefully in downtown Charlottesville. It has been going on for a long time in our country - not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama.

The far-right group took to the streets in the Virginian city to complain that white history was being erased from America's identity. According to CNN, the Southern Poverty Law Center has called it the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States", and there are already reports of sporadic violence as the rally members, and those in town to stand against their open displays of hatred, clash.

Closer to home, the two best-known contenders in the St. Pete mayor's race, Rick Baker and Rick Kriseman, each condemned the events that have unfolded in Charlottesville. "It's been going on for a long, long time". "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". The incident followed hours of brawling that led Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency Saturday. Lets come together as one!

Mrs Trump was the first voice out of the White House to condemn one of the largest race hate rallies in the USA for decades.

Trump said Saturday on Twitter: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".

The city's manager also declared a local emergency and police ordered people to disperse from the area around the statue after several violent clashes broke out.

Other Republicans in Congress took issue with Trump's remarks.

Hundreds of counter-protesters were also there, and both sides hurled plastic bottles and sprayed each other with chemicals. "No good comes from violence".

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove the confederate statue from a downtown park.


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