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Donald Trump under fire from Republicans for response to Charlottesville violence

13 Agosto 2017
Donald Trump under fire from Republicans for response to Charlottesville violence

A white nationalist rally turned violent in the city of Charlottesville, United States, on Saturday, with a car ramming into a number of people who were protesting peacefully against the demonstration.

Fields, who was taken into custody not far from the crash site, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of "hit and run attended failure to stop with injury", according to Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared an emergency and halted the planned white nationalist rally.

Another prominent white nationalist extremist, Richard Spencer, had been scheduled to speak at the protest.

The violent incident was captured by multiple people present at the scene, including by Brennan Gilmore-a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and political operative who released video of the incident on Twitter.

Just before the incident, thousands of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and right-wing protesters, as well as groups that oppose them, clashed during the "Unite the Right" rally at the Emancipation Park in the downtown.

Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash. The Associated Press reports officials are linking the crash and the violence in Charlottesville. "Sometimes, the left maybe throws around this racism title so much that they diminish when something really truly racist and evil happens like it did today".

Dozens of Ku Klux Klan members demonstrated in the city last month, following a protest in May.

Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying, in part, "The vile beliefs of the perpetrators of this violence insult our fundamental American values and must be condemned in the strongest terms".