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Driver charged with killing 1, injuring many others identified in Charlottesville violence

Driver charged with killing 1, injuring many others identified in Charlottesville violence”

Celebrities including Chelsea Clinton called on Donald Trump to stop the violent "white supremacist" protests occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12th, Saturday.

The other death was a 32-year-old woman who had been crossing the street when she was struck by a auto that hit a group of anti-Nazi campaigners also leaving 19 people injured. The police are treating it as a criminal homicide, and charges are pending.

White nationalist groups, a member pictured on right, feud with counter protesters on the UVA campus in Charlottesville on Friday, August 11, 2017.

The city's manager also declared a local emergency and police ordered people to disperse from the area around the statue after several violent clashes broke out. As some counterprotesters began to disperse, a vehicle appeared on a street that at least some demonstrators had believed was blocked off to traffic.

People receive first aid after a vehicle accident ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017. One arrest was reported along with several minor injuries.

The suspect was James Alex Fields, Jr., a 20-year-old white man from Ohio, Kumer said.

White nationalists have continually targeted Charlottesville, and the decision reached in May to remove the statute by city leaders was temporarily stopped by a judge - galvanizing the far right. "It has no place in America", Trump said in a video statement.

Calling for unity, US President Donald Trump also condemned the violence via Twitter. Virginia State Police said injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor. The city has now declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, and begun arresting marchers who remain, while the governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency.

Trump didn't single out the white nationalists when he addressed the unrest on Saturday evening.

Up to 6,000 white nationalists had been expected to attend the "Unite the Right" rally.

First lady Melania Trump tweeted "let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".

After the park was cleared, protesters carrying Confederate flags, Nazi symbols and other anti-Semitic signs marched to McIntire Park, a larger location where city officials had previously tried to move the rally. One driver accelerated suddenly, striking other cars and protestors.

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.



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