Virginia state of emergency: Three dead, dozens injured, after clashes at rally

Virginia state of emergency: Three dead, dozens injured, after clashes at rally

Virginia state of emergency: Three dead, dozens injured, after clashes at rally

- 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.

An emotional scene played out along I-64 Saturday night as the bodies of two Virginia State Police troopers who died in a helicopter crash in Charlottesville were transported home to Richmond.

The victim was a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street when the auto plowed into the intersection, Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas said. The police told media they were holding him on suspicion of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one hit-and-run count.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency giving the state more resources to try to keep the peace. "The white supremacist violence on display in Charlottesville this weekend is an affront to everything this country represents".

"This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do", he said in an interview. The auto then rapidly drives away in reverse as several people lay on the ground injured.

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"Schneiderman added: "Each of us, especially those of us in public office, has a moral obligation to condemn these actions in the strongest of terms".

For example, Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who faces a close primary election on Tuesday and has been fending off attacks from his right, stuck close to Trump.

President Trump responded to the incident with a speech where he placed blame on "many sides" for the violence and bigotry that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville. He didn't mention the vehicle that had driven into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville - a tactic that has been repeatedly used by Islamic State terrorists.

Saturday's rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town - a development precipitated by the city's decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.

McAuliffe said via Twitter that he declared the state of emergency "to aid state response to violence at alt-right rally in Charlottesville".

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National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the cause of the crash had not been determined.

"There were just a few cars that counter-protesters were blocking", the man said. This has been going on for a long time in our country...

Speaking at a press conference, McAuliffe directly addressed the "white supremacists and the Nazis" who were behind the attack in Charlottesville, telling them to "go home and never come back" and saying "you are not wanted in this great commonwealth". Since then, the city has been a focus of white nationalists.

He said: "I'm not going to make any bones about it". It was after 1?p.m. when he weighed in, writing on Twitter: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said that at least 35 people were injured and treated by city personnel. "If you want to talk about them talk about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who brought our country together", McAuliffe continued.

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