Virginia’s governor on Saturday declared a state of emergency after protesters and counterprotesters clashed ahead of a “Unite the Right” rally of White Nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, CNN reports.
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One person died and at least seven people were hurt when a speeding car slammed into another car that was driving through scores of counterprotesters, the report says:
Fistfights and screaming matches erupted Saturday, barely 12 hours after a scuffle Friday night at the nearby University of Virginia between torch-bearing demonstrators and counterprotesters.
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.
Donald Trump, who is on a so-called working vacation, tweeted that all Americans must condemn hate and violence, without mentioning the Charlottesville incident directly.
UPDATE 08/12/17 9:48 pm:
James Alex Fields has been identified as the driver behind the car attack and has been arrested. He is reportedly 20 years old and from Maumee, Ohio and he is charged with 2nd degree murder.
This a developing story…
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