Trump blames "many sides" for violence in Charlottesville

13 August, 2017, 10:30 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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Police reported that eight were injured in those scuffles and one person was arrested.

Police took a man into custody as the subject of a homicide investigation, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said.

Earlier, US president Donald Trump tweeted that "we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

A picturesque Virginia city was flooded Saturday with white nationalist demonstrators as well as counter-protesters, prompting the state's governor to declare a state of emergency as law enforcement tried to quell violent skirmishes. "Go home", said McAuliffe at a press conference Saturday evening.

"We have to respect each other", he said.

The helicopter went down close to where right-wing groups and counter-protesters converged Friday night and Saturday.

At least nineteen others were hurt - suffering minor to life-threatening injuries, authorities said Saturday.

However, Trump did not condemn the white nationalists, despite the fact, or maybe because of the fact, that most white nationalists support Trump, and many believe they are acting with Trump's tacit approval.

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In his remarks at his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump spoke out against "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides".

Trump did not mention white nationalists in his statement - and he reportedly ignored questions from the press about a vehicle plowing into multiple counter-protesters.

Members of a self-described militia, dressed in camouflage and armed with long guns, said they meant to keep the peace between opposing protesters.

Oren Segal, who directs the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said multiple white power groups gathered in Charlottesville, including members of neo-Nazi organizations, racist skinhead groups and Ku Klux Klan factions.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been a favorite of Republican conservatives, issued a statement in which he called on the Justice Department to "immediately investigate and prosecute today's grotesque act of domestic terrorism".

"I'm not going to make any bones about it".

And just as he has so often refused any responsibility for hatred espoused in his name, he made sure to note, looking into the camera, that this kind of violence has been "going on for a long time in country", adding, "Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama".

More than a dozen people held signs, chanted and marched around the statue of Andrew Jackson as a protest against racism. They're now called Emancipation Park and Justice Park, respectively. A judge has agreed to a temporary injunction that blocks the city from removing the statue for six months.

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