Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

FBI leads probe into violence during far-right protest in Charlottesville, Va.

FBI leads probe into violence during far-right protest in Charlottesville, Va.

US hospital officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, say one person was killed and 19 were injured on August 12 by a vehicle that plowed through a crowd protesting against a rally of white supremacists and far-right activists.

Addressing reporters, Trump refused to name white supremacists or any specific group, blaming the violence "on many sides".

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In closing, McAuliffe said he spoke with President Trump, where he mentioned a need for a movement that brings people together. He reiterated how we're a nation of immigrants, and that the white nationalist fringe won't be allowed to destroy this mosaic tile that makes America great.

The Virginia State Police confirmed the crash and fatalities on their Facebook page and said the two people killed were in the helicopter.

Trump, who frequently blasted former President Obama for not saying "radical Islamic terrorism", did not say white supremacists in his statement.

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The protests were between white nationalists, who were protesting the removal of a statue of Civil War Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and counter-protesters.

Far-right author David Duke has said that white nationalists will "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump", calling a massive rally in Charlottesville "a turning point". "The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society".

Earlier in the day, Charlottesville police said James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses over the ramming attack perpetrated amid the violence, Sputnik reported.

The male driver has been taken into custody and police were treating the incident as a "criminal homicide", he said.

Jelani Cobb added: "Trump denouncing hate, but in such a way that you don't know if he's talking about white supremacists or the anti-racists in Charlottesville".

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