Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Urges Unity As Violence Erupts Ahead Of White Supremacist Rally

Trump Urges Unity As Violence Erupts Ahead Of White Supremacist Rally

The Department of Justice said Saturday it has opened a civil-rights investigation into a deadly car-ramming incident that witnesses said targeted counter-protesters at a white nationalist and alt-right rally in Virginia.

White nationalist organizations that gathered reportedly included members of neo-Nazi organizations, racist skinhead groups and Ku Klux Klan factions and similar groups.

A woman died and 19 people were injured when a auto rammed a crowd of people opposing a far-right rally there.

The driver has been identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of OH, according to CNN. The auto plowed through the crowed following the shutdown of the "Unite the Right" rally by police after white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" and counter-protesters clashed near Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. "I urge all people of good will-go home".

The sentiment was not enough for several senators who called on Trump to more forcefully condemn the far-right protesters. "If you want to talk about them talk about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who brought our country together", McAuliffe continued.

Boston Police said they will be developing security plans ahead of next Saturday's free-speech rally from 12-5 p.m. on the common.

Two Virginia State Police troopers were also killed when a police helicopter assisting with the melee crashed outside of Charlottesville. Police have since said the attack was premeditated and the driver is in custody. People hit others with clubs and sprayed pepper spray during the event, which was protesting the renaming of city parks formerly named after Confederate generals and the impending removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. "There is no place for you in America", McAuliffe said.

In addition to those injured in the auto incident, the Charlottesville Police Department said 15 were wounded in other violence related to the far-right march.

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

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