Emergency declared in Virginia after violent clashes, Trump calls for unity

Angelo Anderson
August 13, 2017

He ignored shouted questions from reporters about what he thought of the white nationalists at the event who said they supported him and were inspired by his campaign.

Police said the man who was at the wheel of the auto has been arrested, but did not immediately name him.

President Donald Trump says there's "no place" in the United States for the kind of violence that's broken out at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Reacting to the violence in Charlottesville, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh issued a statement on Twitter, saying, "Our city stands with Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer".

Both Virginia State Police troopers died Saturday when their police helicopter crashed and burned in Charlottesville, as they patrolled near the site of clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters. Our message is plain and simple: "go home", McAuliffe told a news conference. Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held without bail on murder and other charges related to the hit-and-run, officials said.

Mr. Trump said he spoke with Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the phone and agreed "that the hate and division must stop and it must stop right now".

The Charlottesville demonstration, which was called "Unite the Right", gained widespread attention on Friday evening, when hundreds of white nationalists, bearing tiki torches, marched on the campus of the University of Virginia and chanted, "You will not replace us".

Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6,000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.

Fighting broke out on Saturday 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.

Many credit Spencer with popularizing the term "alt-right" as he garnered national media attention after being heard shouting "Hail Trump!" at a white nationalist convention in Washington, D.C., and later, being punched in the face on Inauguration Day while giving an interview.

GettyRescue workers move victims on stretchers after auto plowed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following bad events unfolding in Virginia.

Oren Segal, who directs the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said multiple white power groups gathered in Charlottesville, including members of neo-Nazi organizations, racist skinhead groups and Ku Klux Klan factions.

"I'm not going to make any bones about it".

It has no place in America.

While it's usually regarded as a liberal town as well as the home of President Thomas Jefferson, undercurrents of racism have strengthened over the last several months there.

For now, the Lee statue remains.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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