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

13 August 2017, 02:44 | Opal Carroll

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Violence in Charlottesville

McAuliffe said at a news conference earlier in the day that three people had died, apparently a reference to the woman who died in the auto crash and the two victims of the helicopter crash.

Authorities at the University of Virginia Medical Center confirmed the death following the vehicle attack as well as the 19 it injured and who are being treated there. Their names have not yet been released to the public. The 20-year-old is from Maumee, Ohio, outside of Toledo.

A dozen medics were seen carting the injured back and forth on stretchers.

Sounds familiar: The KKK held a similar, torch-bearing protest in the beginning of July, which was met with 1,000 counter protestors and resulted in 23 arrests.

Eyewitnesses said the driver had deliberately rammed pedestrians.

Video from the scene showed a grey sedan plowing into protesters marching through the downtown shopping district as bystanders screamed for help.

Later in the afternoon, Trump addressed the violence in Charlottesville from his golf club in New Jersey, saying that blame belongs "on many sides".

During his speech, Trump labeled the unrest in Virginia as "terrible events".

"In America there is no place for violence of this kind" - wrote in his Twitter the President of the United States Donald trump, who called U.S. citizens "to unite".

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At a podium, Trump read a statement rebuking the violence, but without specifically mentioning or faulting the role of white nationalists.

"It is not place in America what is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and protection of innocent lives", he said.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had a strong message for white supremacists and neo-Nazis who came to Charlottesville for planned rally on Saturday.

Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse.

"I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. I urge all people of good will - go home", Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said on Twitter.

Among the questions he ignored Saturday was, "Do you want the support of these white nationalists?"

"A auto plowing into people, would you call that terrorism sir?" another asked.

We'll bring you more as information becomes available. "It's a wrong thing all in itself and it's something we should reject in the strongest terms". You will not succeed. There is no place for you here. Counter-protesters say they will attend the events and "shut them down".

- February 1: Protesters hurl smoke bombs, break windows and spark a massive bonfire, prompting University of California at Berkeley officials to cancel a talk by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos for safety concerns.

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