Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Rep. Trent Franks: 'All of us condemn this horrifying tragedy'

Rep. Trent Franks: 'All of us condemn this horrifying tragedy'

White nationalist organizations that gathered reportedly included members of neo-Nazi organizations, racist skinhead groups and Ku Klux Klan factions and similar groups.

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 vehicle, which carried an OH licence plate, was registered to James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, outside of Toledo.

Police later identified the person who was arrested as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of OH, and said he is charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

"Go home. You are not patriots".

The sentiment was not enough for several senators who called on Trump to more forcefully condemn the far-right protesters. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth, shame on you! The incident is under investigation but police say that foul play is not suspected. The driver fled and was located and arrested moments later, police said.

The controversial "Unite the Right" march was organised to protest the removal of a statue honouring Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army in the 19th-century American Civil War. His comments were criticised for not specifically denouncing the white supremacists while condemning the "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

US President Donald Trump who had condemned the violent events late on Saturday expressed condolences to those killed in Charlottesville.

White supremacists clash with counter protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, August 12, 2017.

Among the dead were two people - Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates - on a Virginia State Police helicopter that had been assisting with policing the rally.

One of the rioters was former KKK leader David Duke.

In Philadelphia, another vigil in response to the Charlottesville violence is scheduled to take place Saturday night at city hall at 7 p.m.

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

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