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Charlottesville: at least 1 killed in violence over USA far-right rally

Charlottesville: at least 1 killed in violence over USA far-right rally

"The situation escalated rapidly into violence and we had no choice but to deploy additional personnel from the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, to help disperse the crowd and move people safely through the streets", Thomas said.

The mayor of Charlottesville, where the now-cancelled rally was taking place, said he was "heartbroken" at the death. The crash happened just a few hours after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally.

For now, the identity and motive of the driver are unknown. The cable networks that he usually watches showed footage of increasingly violent clashes between the white nationalists, some of whom looked like soldiers because they were so heavily armed, and the counterprotesters who showed up to challenge them. - 'Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy.' - Former President Bill Clinton on Twitter.

President Donald Trump, speaking midafternoon from New Jersey, condemned "the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in Charlottesville. "We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump", he added. "It has been going on for a long long time".

"We urge every leader at every level of government to be firm that in the year 2017 there is no place in America for the display of violence we see in Charlottesville".

The controversial "Unite the Right" march was organised to protest the removal of a statue honouring Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army in the 19th-century American Civil War.

"No matter our color, creed, religion or political party we are all Americans first".

Charlottesville: at least 1 killed in violence over USA far-right rally

On Saturday morning, fighting broke out in the city's downtown when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.

Earlier, an hour after the commencement of the main march, which has attracted leading white nationalist figures such as David Duke and Richard Spencer, Trump tweeted "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for". "We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".

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.

The president ignored a reporter's question asking what he has to say to white nationalists who say they support him and commit acts of violence.

This time, the extreme right brought in big names of the "alt-right" movement - which has been emboldened, critics say, by Trump's ascent to the White House - in a bid to attract more supporters.

Hundreds of white nationalists marched Friday night on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia, carrying burning torches - a symbol associated with the KKK and its lynchings in the early to mid 20th century.

"Some of us ran after the auto to take a photo and then followed it, ran down the road, alerting the police to chase it", he told CNN.

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