US attorney general opens federal probe on Charlottesville

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

They converged on the university town of Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Robert E Lee statue, who headed the Confederate Army in the American Civil War.

A police helicopter also crashed, killing the two officers on board.

Fields Jr, who is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, has since been charged with second-degree murder.

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

Terry McAuliffe said there's no place in America for white supremacists and Nazis. A state of emergency was quickly declared and the assembly designated unlawful.

Even as Trump called on the nation to unite, many faulted the president - and his reference to "many sides" - for not strongly coming out against the type of far-right groups that supported his campaign and organised the weekend's events.

But, like Trump, Bossert implicated "both sides" for Saturday's violence in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", while also saying the White House was "absolutely" against white supremacists.

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Responding to his first domestic crisis, US President Donald Trump said: 'We're closely following the awful events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump on Saturday condemned the violence in Charlottesville as a "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", but refrained from blaming any particular group for the outbreak of violence.

James Alex Fields of Ohio's arrest was confirmed by the local jail superintendent and he is now being held without bail for the murder of a 32-year old woman.

Several senior Republican figures have voiced criticism of his comments, including Senator Cory Gardner, who said "Mr President - we must call evil by its name".

So far three people have died in the riots.

White nationalists, including the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis movement leaders, were clashing with counter-protesters at the rally hours before the collision in downtown Charlottesville.

'The incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets, ' Clinton tweeted. The news agency says Bloom became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally.

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