Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Virginia governor slams white supremacists: 'Go home, shame on you'

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Sherri Watson | 13 August, 2017, 18:12

Authorities say no one on the ground was injured. During a press conference after the clashes, McAuliffe confirmed that three people have been killed in the city.

Virginia state police also said one of their agency's helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers. "There is no place for you in America", McAuliffe said.

Attorney general Jeff Sessions said that the FBI's Richmond field office and Rick Mountcastle, the US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, would lead the investigation.

Cruz called the violent clashes surrounding white nationalists and counter-protesters "acts of domestic terrorism".

The "Unite the Right" rally included white nationalist and other far-right groups protesting Charlottesville's plan to remove relics of its Confederate past, such as a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The US President Donald Trump has condemned hatred "on many sides" and "all that hate stands for" in the wake of reports of the violent gathering.

The president's silence had been noticeable Friday night, as a few hundred tiki torch-bearing white supremacists - mostly young men - paraded through the University of Virginia campus while chanting racist taunts and flaunting Nazi paraphernalia.

The car's driver, James Alex Fields Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

A 32-year-old women died when a vehicle plowed into a crowd dispersing after police broke up the melee in the city's downtown. He said they are not white supremacists and are only interested in free speech.

First Lady Melania Trump called for peace after the violence erupted Saturday.

"You came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people, but my message is clear - we are stronger than you".

"This represents a turning point for the people of this country", former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke spoke at the rally, "We are determined to take our country back".

Franks joined Jeanine Pirro on Fox News on Saturday evening after President Trump made a statement calling the white supremacist rallies "a display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".