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Donald Trump condemns violent white supremacists rally in Charlottesville

13 Agosto 2017

According to the Daily Progress, the officers who died in the crash were H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian, Virginia, and Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton.

People scattered, running for safety in different directions, he said. Multiple punches were thrown, pepper spray was sprayed and torches were used as weapons. No one on the ground is believed to be injured.

Video shows Shieldcar ramming into the back of another auto, causing a pile-up and sending people over the top of the vehicle in front of it.

The situation in Charlottesville, Va. appears to be degenerating as a planned rally by white supremacists has been met with large counterprotests, street fighting, armored police, and a declared state of emergency.

Warning: Some video in the below tweets is graphic.

University of Virginia Medical Center spokeswoman Angela Taylor confirmed the death to The Associated Press. He did not provide details.

Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones said at the conference that 14 people were treated for injuries, "ranging from life-threatening to mild".

"A auto plowing into a group of people, would you call that terrorism, sir?" another reporter asked.

Another witness, Brennan Gilmore, of Virginia, posted video of the vehicle speeding up to drive into the crowd of people before driving in reverse to get away from the scene.

Nigro says it was "chaos and mayhem" as bodies flew. It wasn't immediately clear how many demonstrators remained in other parts of the city.

Police have reportedly detained the driver and the vehicle involved.

Several hundred protesters were marching when the auto appeared to deliberately drive into a group of them, The Associated Press reported. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides". "It has no place in America", Trump said in a video statement. They drew counterprotesters, and the two groups clashed.

Some of the white nationalists cited Trump's victory as validation for their beliefs. The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.

"These are trying and hard times for our city and our nation", Jones said.

"Alt-right" figure Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke were among the leaders in attendance.

Trump said Saturday on Twitter: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence", Mrs Trump said.

Clashes between protesters and counter-protesters ensued.

Saturday's rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town - a development precipitated by the city's decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.

Armed militia members are also present, reportedly aligned with the Unite the Right rally and presenting a looming threat of even greater violence.

Up to 6,000 white nationalists had been expected to attend the "Unite the Right" rally.

It quickly spiraled into violence Saturday morning.

Men dressed in military-style uniforms were seen carrying rifles and shields in the area.

Donald Trump condemns violent white supremacists rally in Charlottesville