But as clashes broke out ahead of the so-called “Unite the Right” rally Saturday morning, police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, breaking up the event before it officially began.
The auto was allegedly driven by a 20-year-old man from OH who has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr. Fields was being held on suspicion of second-degree murder.
A gathering of hundreds of white supremicists in Virginia took a deadly turn when a auto ploughed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person in a flare up of violence.
President Donald Trump called the series of events awful, but was criticized for not providing a full-throated condemnation of the white nationalist elements of the protests, which included former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke and white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed “many sides” for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the “hatred and bigotry” broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.
“He ran this campaign on white supremacy and xenophobic nationalism so of course these people will be running through the streets hitting protesters over the head with bats and ramming cars into them because they have been emboldened by this president”.
He made his remarks just minutes after a vehicle rammed into anti-fascist protesters – killing one and injuring 19.
Anti-fascist counterprotesters wait outside Lee Park to hurl insults as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” are forced out after the Unite the Right rally was declared an unlawful gathering, August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.
“Go home. You came here today to hurt people”, McAuliffe said. President Donald Trump tweeted “There is no place for this kind of violence in America”.
In what they called a pro-white demonstration, torch-bearing white nationalists marched Friday night through the university campus and gathered around the statue of General Robert E. Lee, a Confederate Civil War hero.
Trump made no reply to a reporter’s shouted question whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists.
They were strong voices inside the President’s own party calling out the people who had arranged Saturday’s “Unite the Right” demo in Charlottesville.