Charlottesville: at least 1 killed in violence over U.S. far-right rally

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One person died after a auto plowed into a group of people peacefully protesting at the rally yesterday while two others died following a helicopter crash that took place near the protest site in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Footage showed the auto slowing down before accelerating towards the crowd, sending people flying and seemingly crushing one person between two other stationary cars.

In the afternoon, a silver sedan driving at high speed plowed into the crowd before reversing along the same street. Police said they are investigating the cause of the crash. Burks would have turned 41-years-old on Sunday graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in August 2004 as a member of the 107th Basic Session and just transferred to the Aviation Unit in July.

In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.

In televised remarks, Trump said he and his administration "condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides".

"We're closely following the bad events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia", he told reporters at his New Jersey golf course.

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And by emphasizing "many, many sides", the president treated all of the attendees that day as if they were the same, and made a disingenuous call for unity: "Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first".

"We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville to me it's very, very sad".

During the late morning local time, a few hours before the main march was scheduled to commence, scuffles erupted between the white nationalists and their opponents, including the use of pepper spray against each other.

Trump said he spoke to Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe. There are not "many sides" here, just right and wrong, " Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said on Twitter.

"We should call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism". Our message is plain and simple: "go home", McAuliffe told a news conference. "There is no place here for you".

The white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia has left three people dead and more than 20 injured from incidents that included a auto slamming into a group of people and a helicopter crash.

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Duke said the rally "represents a turning point for the people of this country".

Officials did not elaborate on how the helicopter crash was connected.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.

Shwayder said that although the scene of the auto attack calmed down, authorities feared clashes could continue throughout the night.

"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 wrote in a statement on his emergency declaration. He definitely did not seize the opportunity to condemn the blatantly white supremacist groups that appeared in Charlottesville waving Confederate flags and chanting racist slogans. Charlottesville lies about 160 kilometers (100 miles) outside of the USA capital, Washington, DC. The incident took place about two blocks from the park that houses the statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War.

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