Violence in Charlottesville 'meets the definition of terrorism,' McMaster says

13 August, 2017, 20:20 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Charlottesville suspect James Alex Fields Jr. is appointed attorney

Death toll from violence over far-right protests in the U.S. city of Charlottesville rose to three, Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said Sunday.

One woman was killed when a man plowed a vehicle into the crowd and dozens more were injured, prompting a federal civil rights investigation. The auto was allegedly driven by a 20-year-old man from OH who has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr.

Police in Virginia have arrested the driver suspected of plowing his auto into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring 19 people, five of whom are in critical condition. Our message is plain and simple: Go home. Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and more condemned the gathering, and shared their thoughts about the White House's response to the situation.

'You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.

"What the world saw today is not the place Charlottesville is", said Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas.

The death toll includes two Virginia State Police officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near Charlottesville.

The turbulence began Friday night when white nationalists carried torches though the city's university campus in what they billed as a "pro-white" demonstration. The Associated Press reports officials are linking the crash and the violence in Charlottesville.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, "meets the definition of terrorism". Terry McAuliffe said there's no place in America for white supremacists and Nazis.

Trump blamed "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" but did not single out the white nationalists - leading to the WGA East's pointed criticism.

The remark drew criticism from Democrats and some Republicans for seeming to lump anti-racist protesters in with the far-right rally led by prominent leaders like David Duke and Richard Spencer.

Mayor Mike Signer said that the white nationalists behind the rally "belong in the trash heap of history with these ideas".

Groups have gathered across the nation in solidarity against the violence that occurred at a planned white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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