A gathering of hundreds of white nationalists in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a auto ploughed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person in a flare up of violence that challenged U.S. President Donald Trump.
One person has died after a vehicle plowed into a group of people marching through downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, injuring 19 others. "From the far end of the street it accelerated, slowed down right before the crowd and then slammed on the gas through the crowd sending bodies flying".
President Donald Trump is blaming "many sides" for the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Virginia. "American values have nothing to do with white supremacy and hate, and Maryland will continue to stand in strong opposition to those who use it for personal or political gain".
NY [U.S.A], August 13: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Saturday slammed the white supremacists and neo-Nazis right-wing groups in Charlottesville and asked all of them to go back home.
"This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do", he said in an interview. Torch-wielding white nationalists also demonstrated against the decision in May.
Signer shared in the governor's sentiments, urging counter-protesters and white nationalists to stop the violence and go home.
Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler, who had called for the white nationalist demonstration, on Saturday declared it "a monumental event for our movement" even after evacuations began.
While the name of the victim had not been released Saturday night, police identified the suspect arrested in the car-ramming incident as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. University officials condemned the gathering.
Mentioning that the current unfolding of events in Virginia is not linked to his presidency, Trump said, "It has been going on for a long time in our country - not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama". He also said "there is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!" "It has been going on for a long, long time", Trump said in his statement.
President Trump stated that the violent displays by white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA make him "very, very sad". "The fact is the president has already surrounded himself in his office with alt right heroes and white nationalists".
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jay and Berke, both of whom were our close friends and trusted members of our team. Many of them are actually part of the problem", Gallego added.