3 people killed and dozens injured after protest in Charlottesville

Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 13, 2017

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The violence began on Friday night, when hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches appeared at the campus in a display that critics called reminiscent of a Ku Klux Klan rally.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign past year. "Americans must stand united in opposing those who aim to divide us through hatred and bigotry".

"The hate and the division must stop right now", he said.

Police declared the event an unlawful assembly and made several arrests.

UVa. Medical Center officials said 19 people were being treated for injuries.

Trump praised the state and local law enforcement in Virginia, along with the National Guard, for "working smart and working hard".

"It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property", McAuliffe said in a statement.

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"I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours", McAuliffe said in a statement.

In one brawl involving dozens of people, protestors waving Confederate flags clashed with opposition marchers carrying black-and-red flags, which commonly represent anti-fascist anarchism.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been a favorite of Republican conservatives, issued a statement in which he called on the Justice Department to "immediately investigate and prosecute today's grotesque act of domestic terrorism".

They were protesting against the planned removal of a Confederate general Robert E Lee's statue from a park in the college town of Charlottesville.

The city has become ground zero for white nationalist and other protesters, who faced larger counter-rallies in the past. "It's been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, it's been going on for a long, long time", Trump said at a previously scheduled event for veterans. "No good comes from violence".

"White supremacy is a scourge", wrote House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). "If this is not who we are as Americans, let's prove it".

Shocking video of the vehicle incident circulating on Twitter Saturday afternoon showed a auto speeding into a group of protesters on the street and into another auto in front of it.

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