Wednesday , August 23 2017

Pictured: Woman killed at anti-white supremacist protest

The woman who was mowed down and killed at an anti-fascist rally in Virginia has been identified as Heather Heyer.

Heyer, 32, was protesting hate-fueled white supremacist march in Charlottesville on Saturday when James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, allegedly plowed his vehicle into the crowd, killing her and injuring 19 others.

Fields Jr, who is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, has since been charged with second-degree murder.

‘She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her,’ Heyer’s mother, who has not been named, wrote on a GoFundMe Page set up for the family.

Heyer has been hailed as a ‘hero’ online after she was killed standing up to racism.

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The woman who was mowed down and killed at an anti-fascist rally in Virginia has been identified as Heather Heyer

The woman who was mowed down and killed at an anti-fascist rally in Virginia has been identified as Heather Heyer (left and right)

The Dodge Challenger (pictured), which is registered to Fields, plowed into counter protesters, killing one woman and hospitalizing 19 others, as violence erupted at a rally where thousands of white nationalists gathered for an alt-right event in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Police said a total of 35 people were treated for injuries

The Dodge Challenger (pictured), which is registered to Fields, plowed into counter protesters, killing one woman and hospitalizing 19 others, as violence erupted at a rally where thousands of white nationalists gathered for an alt-right event in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Police said a total of 35 people were treated for injuries

Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40 miles an hour when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone's shoe attached to its bumper

Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40 miles an hour when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone’s shoe attached to its bumper

Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group PC in Virginia, was a native of Greene County and graduated from William Monroe High School.

Her social media reveals she was passionate about social justice and her final public Facebook post, dated from 2016, read: ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.’

She also appears to have been a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Her friend Felicia Correa said Heyer ‘was murdered while protesting against hate.’

‘She will truly be missed,’ she wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Friends and family of Heyer are asking anyone who knew her to stand outside their homes at 10 EST Sunday with lit candles in a show of opposition against racism and fascism in her memory. Others on Twitter have pledged to ‘keep fighting’ against fascism and racism in Heyer’s memory.

Memorials are being held in cities across America for Heyer and those injured at the protest.

A candlelight vigil at the White House is scheduled for 8.30pm, and a Vigil for Justice will be held a few hours prior to that at the World War II Memorial at the National Mall. Rallies, vigils and other events are also being held across Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Denver, New York City and Chicago.

Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr. told reporters Heyer was killed while crossing the street after Fields Jr plowed his Dodge Challenger into the protesters.

Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group PC in Virginia, was a native of Greene County and graduated from William Monroe High School.
Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group PC in Virginia, was a native of Greene County and graduated from William Monroe High School.

Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group PC in Virginia, was a native of Greene County and graduated from William Monroe High School

Her social media reveals she was passionate about social justice and her final public Facebook post, from 2016, read: 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.' She also appears to have been a Bernie Sanders supporter

Her social media reveals she was passionate about social justice and her final public Facebook post, from 2016, read: ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.’ She also appears to have been a Bernie Sanders supporter

Despite the efforts of those on the scene to revive her, she died.

Both the FBI and federal prosecutors announced a civil rights investigation, following Texas Sen Ted Cruz’s call for the Justice Department to launch a ‘domestic terrorism’ probe into the deadly crash.

Video of the Dodge Challenger, which is registered to Fields, showed the driver accelerating into the crowd throwing bodies into the air as people scream before reversing at high speed.

According to the jail’s superintendent, Martin Kumer, Fields was also booked on suspicion of malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run. Kumer said Fields is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Three additional arrests have also been made related to the rally; Troy Dunigan, 21, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Louisa, Virginia, arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, and James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, arrested and charged with carrying a concealed handgun.

The deadly crash came after violent clashes erupted as hundreds of white supremacists including armed militias marched into Charlottesville sparking violent confrontations with counter-protesters.

Police cleared the scene with tear gas but the violence continued. Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said a total of 35 people had been treated for injuries, 14 of those were from individual engagements on the streets.

Horrifying video from the scene of the attack showed the silver muscle car speeding towards a group of fleeing anti-fascist protesters.

Another clip showed the vehicle ramming into the crowd at high speed and victims crying out in pain as they desperately sought medical help.

Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40mph when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone’s shoe attached to its bumper.

James Alex Fields Jr (pictured), of Maumee, Ohio
According to the jail's superintendent Martin Kumer, Fields was also booked on suspicion of malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run. Kumer said Fields is being held without bail

James Alex Fields Jr (left and right), of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested on Saturday after he ‘intentionally drove his vehicle into a crowd of anti-fascists at white nationalist rally, killing Heyer and injuring 19 others’ in Charlottesville, Virginia

Fields (pictured next to the Challenger) was apprehended and is currently in police custody. He was arrested a few blocks away from the bloody scene

Fields (pictured next to the Challenger) was apprehended and is currently in police custody. He was arrested a few blocks away from the bloody scene

James Alex Fields Jr (far left with glasses), of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested on Saturday after he 'intentionally drove his vehicle into a crowd of anti-fascists at white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring 19 others' in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photos of Fields at the march showed him marching with racist right-wing group Vanguard America

James Alex Fields Jr (far left with glasses), of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested on Saturday after he ‘intentionally drove his vehicle into a crowd of anti-fascists at white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring 19 others’ in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photos of Fields at the march showed him marching with racist right-wing group Vanguard America

Fields is being held without bail at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (pictured is his smashed up car after it plowed into the crowd)

Fields is being held without bail at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (pictured is his smashed up car after it plowed into the crowd)

Photos that recently emerged showed Fields marching with a racist, right-wing group known as Vanguard America.

The white supremacist group opposes multiculturalism and believes America is an exclusively white nation.

Vanguard America has released a statement claiming that Fields was not an official member.

It said: ‘The driver of the vehicle that hit counter protesters today was, in no way, a member of Vanguard America. All our members had been safely evacuated by the time of the incident. The shields seen do not denote membership, nor does the white shirt. The shields were freely handed out to anyone in attendance, All our members are safe and accounted for, with no arrests or charges.’

Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe strongly condemned all of the so-called ‘patriotic’ white nationalists during a press conference Saturday evening.

‘Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth,’ McAuliffe proclaimed. ‘You are not patriots. You came here today to hurt people and that is not patriotic,’ McAuliffe added.

President Donald Trump admonished the day’s tragic events, saying in a press conference: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides… The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.’

But Trump’s failed attempt to condemn the act as terrorism was met with harsh criticism.

Republican strategist Ana Navarro commented on Trump’s statement and said: ‘This is not ‘many sides’. It’s White Supremacist Terrorism. The President of the United States does not have the spine to say so. Shameful.’

Other Republican leaders like Florida Sen Marco Rubio called out the president for not describing the events in Charlottesville for what they were, ‘a terror attack by #whitesupremacists’.

Racist messages in chalk remain on the sidewalks in Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence

Racist messages in chalk remain on the sidewalks in Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence

'KKK' was scrawled in chalk during the protests on Saturday remain on the streets today in the aftermath of the violence

‘KKK’ was scrawled in chalk during the protests on Saturday remain on the streets today in the aftermath of the violence

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally. The Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the statue and change the name of the space from Lee Park to Emancipation Park, sparking protests from white nationalists

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally. The Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the statue and change the name of the space from Lee Park to Emancipation Park, sparking protests from white nationalists

Police stand watch near the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee the day after the Unite the Right rally violence

Police stand watch near the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee the day after the Unite the Right rally violence

Rescue personnel help an injured woman after a car ran into a large group of counter protesters. There were several hundred people marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them

Rescue personnel help an injured woman after a car ran into a large group of counter protesters. There were several hundred people marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them

Rescue personnel help an injured man after the car drove into a large group of protesters after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

Rescue personnel help an injured man after the car drove into a large group of protesters after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

Local police reported there were multiple injures and three vehicles were involved in the crash. Pictured: The two vehicles that were rammed into by a Dodge Challenger

Local police reported there were multiple injures and three vehicles were involved in the crash. Pictured: The two vehicles that were rammed into by a Dodge Challenger

Cruz immediately called for the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute the individual responsible for the ‘terrorist’ act.

Late Saturday night, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said racial bigotry and hatred ‘cannot be tolerated’.

Trump took a break from his time in Bedminister to tweet about the violence, saying: ‘We have to respect each other, ideally we have to love each other.’

He tweeted that ‘we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.’ He then wrote ‘There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!’

Trump also tweeted his ‘condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!’

He also expressed his ‘deepest condolences’ to the families and fellow officers of the police who died in the helicopter crash.

The White House was silent for hours about the clashes except for a solitary tweet from First Lady Melania Trump. The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.

And though the White House may have been slow to condemn the hateful acts, Gov McAuliffe gave a powerful speech in which he said all of the so-called ‘patriotic’ white nationalists are not wanted in the United States.

‘My message is clear we are stronger than you. You will not succeed,’ he said. ‘There is no place for you here and there is no place for you in America.’

McAuliffe also said he spoke to the president on Saturday following the horrific acts of violence in Virginia.

‘I told the president that there has got to be a movement in this country to bring us together,’ he said.

McAuliffe said he told the president that he’s willing to ‘work with him to stop the hate speech and the bigotry in this country’.

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Lieutenant H Jay Cullen was piloting the helicopter
Trooper Berke M.M. Bates was the co-pilot

The day was met with more tragedy, when a Virginia State Police helicopter, carrying Lieutenant H Jay Cullen (left), 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. Police confirmed that they both died at the scene

A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees
There were no other injuries and the cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time by state police, the FFA and NTSB

A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees. There were no other injuries and the cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time by state police, the FFA and NTSB

People were heard screaming and crying in the aftermath of the smash, as blood was splattered on a car's windshield and victims were desperately calling out for medical help

People were heard screaming and crying in the aftermath of the smash, as blood was splattered on a car’s windshield and victims were desperately calling out for medical help

Upsetting video footage of the vehicle ramming into the crowd, described by some as a terror attack, was uploaded online moments after the fatal collision

Upsetting video footage of the vehicle ramming into the crowd, described by some as a terror attack, was uploaded online moments after the fatal collision

A vehicle reverses after driving into a group of protesters demonstrating against the day's white nationalist rally

A vehicle reverses after driving into a group of protesters demonstrating against the day’s white nationalist rally

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them and police said the crash happened near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them and police said the crash happened near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets

Samantha Bloom, the mother of Fields, told The Blade that her son texted her Friday to say he had dropped his cat off at her Monclova Township apartment so he could go to an 'alt-right' rally in Virginia. 'I told him to be careful,' Bloom said. '[And] if they're going to rally to make sure he's doing it peacefully'

Samantha Bloom, the mother of Fields, told The Blade that her son texted her Friday to say he had dropped his cat off at her Monclova Township apartment so he could go to an ‘alt-right’ rally in Virginia. ‘I told him to be careful,’ Bloom said. ‘[And] if they’re going to rally to make sure he’s doing it peacefully’

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them

A witness claimed the act was intentional. He said : 'Yeah, it was intentional.About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn’t do anything'

A witness claimed the act was intentional. He said : ‘Yeah, it was intentional.About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn’t do anything’

Witnesses said moments before the car plowed into the crowd, a counter-protester had allegedly thrown a rock at the car, causing the driver to swivel around and ram into people and two cars in its way.

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them and police said the crash happened near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets.

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said counter-protesters were marching when ‘suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound’.

The silver sedan smashed into another car, then backed up, plowing through ‘a sea of people’. People scattered, running for safety in different directions, he said.

Witness Nic McCarthy told C-VILLE Weekly: ‘There was someone in a dark vehicle that sped, very quickly, down this road and rammed into the crowd.

‘People… He backed up and he went back in again.’

McCarthy added: ‘There was a girl that was caught and she was trying to get up and it ran over her again. I hope the cops catch these terrorists.’

Another witness claimed the act was intentional. He said: ‘Yeah, it was intentional. About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn’t do anything.’

Samantha Bloom, the mother of Fields, told The Blade that her son texted her Friday to say he had dropped his cat off at her Monclova Township apartment so he could go to an ‘alt-right’ rally in Virginia.

‘I told him to be careful,’ Bloom said. ‘[And] if they’re going to rally to make sure he’s doing it peacefully.’

President Trump admonished the day's tragic events, saying in a press conference: 'We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides... The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now'

President Trump admonished the day’s tragic events, saying in a press conference: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides… The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now’

President Trump admonished the day's outcome, tweeting: 'Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!'

President Trump admonished the day’s outcome, tweeting: ‘Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!’

Trump added: 'We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!'

Trump added: ‘We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!’

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: 'Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence'

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: ‘Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence’

On Saturday evening Trump followed up with this tweet in which he sent his 'deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today

On Saturday evening Trump followed up with this tweet in which he sent his ‘deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today’

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer announced the death on Twitter. He wrote: ‘I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will – go home.’

In addition to the dozens of people hurt in the accident, at least 15 people were already being treated for their injures during other destructive clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at Emancipation Park before the controversial Unite the Right rally.

The day was met with more tragedy, when a Virginia State Police helicopter, carrying two officers, crashed inside city limits and thick black smoke was seen rising from behind the trees.

Lieutenant H Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, was piloting the aircraft. The other occupant was Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Virginia. Police confirmed that they both died at the scene.

There were no other injuries and the cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time by state police, the FFA and NTSB.

A counter demonstrator uses a lighted spray can against a white nationalist demonstrator at the entrance to Lee Park

A counter demonstrator uses a lighted spray can against a white nationalist demonstrator at the entrance to Lee Park

Thousands of white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally on Saturday

Thousands of white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally on Saturday

A white supremacist wore a World War II German helmet upon his arrival to the violent rally

A white supremacist wore a World War II German helmet upon his arrival to the violent rally

During Saturday evening’s press conference, Charlottesville Police Chief Thomas, confirmed that a total of 35 people had been treated for injuries, 14 of those came from individual engagements on the streets.

Nine pedestrians were treated with injuries that ranged from ‘life-threatening to minor’ after the car plowed through the crowd.

Thomas said Heyer was struck by the vehicle as she was crossing the street. He said the incident is still under investigation and will be investigated as a criminal homicide.

The organizer of the white nationalist rally, Richard Spencer, who is the head of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, told DailyMail.com that he and his supporters will continue to demonstrate in the city despite the violent clashes with counter-protesters.

‘We’re going to be back here, and we’re going to humiliate all of these people who opposed us,’ Spencer said in an interview with DailyMail.com.

‘We’ll be back here 1,000 times if necessary,’ he added. ‘I always win. Because I have the will to win, I keep going until I win.’

His comments were a sharp rebuke to McAuliffe, who demanded that the white nationalist demonstrators leave the Virginia on Saturday after declaring a ‘state of emergency’ due to the chaos.

Spencer, 39, is a long-time leader in the white nationalist movement, but has come to national prominence in recent months.

He was an organizer for the event along with Jason Kessler, a journalist and vocal figure in the ‘alt-right’ movement.

Texas Sen Ted Cruz weighed in on the deadly crash and violent scene in Charlottesville, calling it 'repulsive and evil'. He also urged the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute Saturday's 'act of domestic terrorism'

Texas Sen Ted Cruz weighed in on the deadly crash and violent scene in Charlottesville, calling it ‘repulsive and evil’. He also urged the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute Saturday’s ‘act of domestic terrorism’

Meanwhile, Arizona Sen John McCain called the white supremacists 'traitors' to their country

Meanwhile, Arizona Sen John McCain called the white supremacists ‘traitors’ to their country

Florida Sen Marco Rubio called out the president for not describing the events in Charlottesville for what they are, 'a terror attack by #whitesupremacists'

Florida Sen Marco Rubio called out the president for not describing the events in Charlottesville for what they are, ‘a terror attack by #whitesupremacists’

Spencer drew nation-wide criticism for a speech he gave after the 2016 presidential election, during which he chanted ‘Hail Trump!’ as some audience members gave Nazi salutes. He is also a vocal advocate of creating a white ‘ethno-state’.

Spencer said his organization is not planning additional public rallies this weekend but is preparing to hold another one as soon as possible. He said he will not stop protesting in Charlottesville unless the Virginia reverses its plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park.

US Sen Ted Cruz weighed in on the deadly crash and violent scene in Charlottesville, calling it ‘repulsive and evil’.

‘It’s tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great Nation with bloodshed. Heidi’s and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured in the ongoing violence in Charlottesville,’ he wrote in a statement.

David Duke also criticized Trump after the president condemned the white nationalist rally

David Duke also criticized Trump after the president condemned the white nationalist rally

‘The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society.

‘The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate.

‘Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism,’ Cruz said in the statement.

‘These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this. Our Nation was built on fundamental truths, none more central than the proposition ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Far-right author David Duke was even critical of Trump and even blasted the president for ‘attacking’ white nationalists.

Duke responded to Trump’s tweet calling on citizens to ‘condemn all that hate stands for’.

He blasted back: ‘So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?’

But despite his criticism of Trump, Duke, who attended the rally, said that white nationalists will ‘fulfill the promises of Donald Trump’. The former leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in the 1970s called the massive rally ‘a turning point’.

‘I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,’ Duke continued.

VANGUARD AMERICA: THE AMERICAN FASCISTS

Photos that recently emerged showed Fields marching with a racist, right-wing group known as Vanguard America

Photos that recently emerged showed Fields marching with a racist, right-wing group known as Vanguard America

James Alex Fields Jr, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on Saturday after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of anti-fascists, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.

Photos that recently emerged showed Fields marching with a racist, right-wing group known as Vanguard America.

The white supremacist group opposes multiculturalism and believes America is an exclusively white nation.

Vanguard America has released a statement claiming that Fields was not an official member.

It said: ‘The driver of the vehicle that hit counter protesters today was, in no way, a member of Vanguard America. All our members had been safely evacuated by the time of the incident. The shields seen do not denote membership, nor does the white shirt. The shields were freely handed out to anyone in attendance, All our members are safe and accounted for, with no arrests or charges.’

Members of the group spread hateful propaganda through the internet and by distributing fliers, posters, and stickers.

They usually recruit young men who and attempt recruitment efforts on college campuses in the US.

Members participate in various white supremacist rallies and protests around the country.

They have also targeted Jewish institutions with propaganda.

Dillon Irizarry, a military veteran from New Mexico, has been leading the group since early 2016.

During a speech in April 2017, Irizarry said that VA started in California two years ago and that he took over leadership the year before.

Irizarry also said that the ‘future is about the youth’. He said his group base is 18 to 24 years old. At the time, he also claimed 200 members, in 20 different states.

Source: Anti Defamation League

Former President Barack Obama responded to the violence with a quote from Nelson Mandela

Former President Barack Obama responded to the violence with a quote from Nelson Mandela

Hillary Clinton posted a series of tweets following the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally

Hillary Clinton posted a series of tweets following the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally

Former President Barack Obama responded to the violence with a quote from Nelson Mandela.

‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,’ Obama tweeted.

The quote is from Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Obama’s series of tweets also featured a photo of him greeting children at a day care facility in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2011.

The crash occurred approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters earlier that day during the planned Unite the Right rally.

Hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting ‘Blood and Soil’ as they made their way towards the event on Saturday morning.

Counter-protesters flocked to the march in retaliation against the white nationalists, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists, screaming: ‘We’re here, we’re gay, we fight the KKK!’

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: ‘Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.’

At least 15 people were seriously injured earlier during the day during clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at Emancipation Park before the controversial Unite the Right rally on Saturday. A video appears to show the altercation, as a man is being dragged away while a woman screams: 'Don't allow them to do this!'

At least 15 people were seriously injured earlier during the day during clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at Emancipation Park before the controversial Unite the Right rally on Saturday. A video appears to show the altercation, as a man is being dragged away while a woman screams: ‘Don’t allow them to do this!’

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer denounced the 'cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights' and warned for residents to stay away from the rally

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer denounced the ‘cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights’ and warned for residents to stay away from the rally

The Unite the Right rally was being held at Emancipation Park and hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting 'Blood and Soil' as they made their way towards the event

The Unite the Right rally was being held at Emancipation Park and hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting ‘Blood and Soil’ as they made their way towards the event

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' clash with counter-protesters

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ clash with counter-protesters

The protest hadn’t officially started but social media videos showed the rally was escalating as people were seen throwing objects, breaking out into fights and people spraying mace into the crowd.

Arrests were made after police in riot gear attempted to clear the park and a group of protesters pushed back against them, while the battle between the two protester groups continued to rage on in the streets of the city.

Before the rally, Charlottesville Mayor Signer denounced the ‘cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights’ and warned for residents to stay away from the event.

Police were in position at Emancipation Park and downtown Charlottesville by 6am as they prepared for the rally.

Between 4,000 and 6,000 people from groups including white nationalists, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists were expected to protest at the park, which had recently been renamed from Lee Park.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a ‘pro-white’ rally to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other. Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying guns.

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A white supremacist stands behind militia members after he scuffled with a counter demonstrator in Charlottesville

A white supremacist stands behind militia members after he scuffled with a counter demonstrator in Charlottesville

Several Nazi flags were seen proudly raised during the controversial rally protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Several Nazi flags were seen proudly raised during the controversial rally protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Images show the two opposing sides of the crowd throwing bottles and becoming increasingly violent

Images show the two opposing sides of the crowd throwing bottles and becoming increasingly violent

They were gathered because right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a 'pro-white' rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee

They were gathered because right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a ‘pro-white’ rally to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee

The violence, which erupted ahead of the rally's start time of noon, forced the city to declare a local emergency around 11am and determined the event was an unlawful assembly, using tear gas bombs to clear the unruly crowd

The violence, which erupted ahead of the rally’s start time of noon, forced the city to declare a local emergency around 11am and determined the event was an unlawful assembly, using tear gas bombs to clear the unruly crowd

A white nationalist demonstrator, bloodied after a clash with a counter demonstrator, talks on a radio receiver

A white nationalist demonstrator, bloodied after a clash with a counter demonstrator, talks on a radio receiver

A group of white activists clash with others at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville on Saturday morning

A group of white activists clash with others at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville on Saturday morning

The protest hadn’t yet begun when two people were seriously injured and protesters reportedly deployed pepper spray, according to state police.

Kessler, the organizer of the rally, said he disavows the violence that eroded it.

The alt-right blogger said in an interview later that day that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters ‘did the wrong thing’. He said he was saddened that people were hurt.

Kessler is a local blogger and activist who described the event as a pro-white rally. He planned it to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate monument.

He also criticized law enforcement’s response to the event, which was dispersed before speakers could take the stage. He said they did a poor job controlling the chaos to allow free speech.

Social media videos show the crowd throwing bottles and objects as police film the interaction from behind fences but don’t intervene.

Brawls broke out as people in militia gear tackled others to the ground and began throwing punches.

We are breaking down and relocating – being hit with tear gas bombs. My view from behind the barricade: pic.twitter.com/iGKaFb5oXT

— Craig Stanley (@_CraigStanley) August 12, 2017

City officials declared a local emergency shortly after 11am. Brawls broke out as people in militia gear tackled others to the ground and began throwing punches

City officials declared a local emergency shortly after 11am. Brawls broke out as people in militia gear tackled others to the ground and began throwing punches

Counter-protesters flocked to the march in retaliation (pictured) against the white nationalists, screaming: 'We're here, we're gay, we fight the KKK!'

Counter-protesters flocked to the march in retaliation (pictured) against the white nationalists, screaming: ‘We’re here, we’re gay, we fight the KKK!’

The Unite the Right rally was being held at Emancipation Park and hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting 'Blood and Soil' as they made their way towards the event

The Unite the Right rally was being held at Emancipation Park and hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting ‘Blood and Soil’ as they made their way towards the event

Christopher Mathias, a reporter for the Huffington Post tweeted: 'Just witnessed a violent fight in a parking garage. Nazi dude pulled a gun. Some bad injuries'

Christopher Mathias, a reporter for the Huffington Post tweeted: ‘Just witnessed a violent fight in a parking garage. Nazi dude pulled a gun. Some bad injuries’

Christopher Mathias, a reporter for the Huffington Post tweeted: ‘Just witnessed a violent fight in a parking garage. Nazi dude pulled a gun. Some bad injuries.’

Officials declared a local emergency shortly after 11am. Colleen Cook, 26, stood on a curb shouting at the rally attendees to go home.

Cook, a teacher who attended the University of Virginia, said she sent her black son out of town for the weekend.

‘This isn’t how he should have to grow up,’ she said.

Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the ‘counter protesters are crazier than the alt-right. Both sides are hoping for a confrontation,’ he said.

A local resident of Charlottesville who did not wish to be identified, wipes tears from her eyes at a vigil where 20 candles were burned for the 19 people injured and one killed when the car plowed into a crowd of counter protesters at the 'Unite the Right' rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville

A local resident of Charlottesville who did not wish to be identified, wipes tears from her eyes at a vigil where 20 candles were burned for the 19 people injured and one killed when the car plowed into a crowd of counter protesters at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville

Counter protesters pay their respects at a vigil where 20 candles were burned for the 19 people injured and one killed on Saturday

Counter protesters pay their respects at a vigil where 20 candles were burned for the 19 people injured and one killed on Saturday

Local residents placed candles during a vigil Saturday night. Flowers were also placed at the scene of the rally

Local residents placed candles during a vigil Saturday night. Flowers were also placed at the scene of the rally

More than a dozen people gathered for the vigil and held one another as they stood in a circle where the 32-year-old woman was killed

More than a dozen people gathered for the vigil and held one another as they stood in a circle where the 32-year-old woman was killed

A man lit several candles on the ground next to flowers left by local residents

A man lit several candles on the ground next to flowers left by local residents

Several hundred protesters walked past Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, Saturday night

Several hundred protesters walked past Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, Saturday night

Protesters marched in Oakland to decry racism in the wake of the deadly violence that erupted at the white nationalist rally in Virginia

Protesters marched in Oakland to decry racism in the wake of the deadly violence that erupted at the white nationalist rally in Virginia

Several protests broke out around the country as people stood in solidarity with those injured in Virginia

Several protests broke out around the country as people stood in solidarity with those injured in Virginia

In response to the day’s events, the University of Virginia announced on Saturday afternoon that all scheduled events and programming would be canceled.

The announcement stated: ‘This cancellation includes all academic programming, the scheduled community discussions taking place in the University Libraries, and all UVA Athletic events and programming. The University is monitoring the developments in Charlottesville and continues to coordinate with state and local law enforcement.’

Several local residents gathered on Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil, where 20 candles were burned for the 19 people injured and one killed when the car plowed into the crowd of counter-protesters.

The city announced earlier this week that the rally must be moved out of Emancipation Park to a larger one, citing safety reasons. The rally and counter-protests wereexpected to draw thousands of people.

Kessler sued, saying the change was a free speech violation. The city said in a statement that it would abide by the judge’s decision.

Clashes have started. Keep in mind, the rally doesn’t start officially until noon. #charlottesville#rallypic.twitter.com/DswIVyE6RB

— Craig Stanley (@_CraigStanley) August 12, 2017

Hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia with burning torches on Friday

Hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia with burning torches on Friday

Almost 200 white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, heard chanting 'white lives matter' held burning torches

Almost 200 white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, heard chanting ‘white lives matter’ held burning torches

White nationalists carry torches around a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia

White nationalists carry torches around a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia

Jason Kessler was among the white activists and held up a tikki style torch during the march

Jason Kessler was among the white activists and held up a tikki style torch during the march

More fights more pepper spray #Charlottevillepic.twitter.com/3a7G7U7U02

— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 12, 2017

On Friday, US District Judge Glen Conrad granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed against Charlottesville by the right-wing blogger which allowed the rally of white nationalists and other extremists to take place at its originally planned location downtown.

The city said in a statement that it would abide by the judge’s decision.

Mimi Arbeit, an organizer of the planned counter-protests, rejected Kessler’s argument that the rally was about freedom of speech.

‘Fascism functions by using the institutions of a democracy towards its own ends,’ she said by telephone.

Kessler also led a torch lit procession through the University of Virginia campus on Friday night ending at the statue of Thomas Jefferson.

'Jews will not replace us' and 'white lives matter' were among chants heard at the rally, according to witnesses

‘Jews will not replace us’ and ‘white lives matter’ were among chants heard at the rally, according to witnesses

Almost 200 white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, were heard chanting ‘white lives matter’ and ‘Jews will not replace us’.

They clashed with University of Virginia students who held an anti-racist protest, and were seen holding up signs which read: ‘VA students against white supremacists.’

Students on Friday night were heard chanting ‘go home Nazis,’ a reporter from the Washington Post tweeted.

Police say violence broke out between the rival groups and officers swiftly intervened to break up the riot which they ruled was an unlawful assembly on Friday night.

White nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, heard chanting 'white lives matter,' clashed with University of Virginia students at the statue of Thomas Jefferson (pictured)

White nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, heard chanting ‘white lives matter,’ clashed with University of Virginia students at the statue of Thomas Jefferson (pictured)

Students held an anti-racist protest, and surrounded the statue which has been the focal point for a number of white supremacist protests since the council voted to remove the structure in April and rename the park

Students held an anti-racist protest, and surrounded the statue which has been the focal point for a number of white supremacist protests since the council voted to remove the structure in April and rename the park

One group of students were seen holding up a sign which read: 'VA students against white supremacists'

One group of students were seen holding up a sign which read: ‘VA students against white supremacists’

At least one person was arrested and several on campus were treated for minor injuries. Several of the marchers were also hit with pepper spray.

The protesters’ decision to use flaming torches seemed to be a deliberate one, to bring back the imagery of KKK violence and cross burning.

Mayor Signer denounced the ‘cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights’.

‘Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine… I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,’ he told CNN.

An activist reacts to pepper spray in his eyes during a torch lit march through the University of Virginia campus

An activist reacts to pepper spray in his eyes during a torch lit march through the University of Virginia campus

Several of the activists appeared to have been subjected to pepper spray, and several treated for minor injuries

Several of the activists appeared to have been subjected to pepper spray, and several treated for minor injuries

Earlier this week, the city had ordered the rally planned for Saturday to be relocated out of Emancipation Park to a larger one, further out of the city, citing safety reasons.

On July 8, a few dozen Ku Klux Klan marchers gathered in Charlottesville to protest plans to remove the statue of Lee. But they were outnumbered by hundreds of jeering counter-protesters.

On Friday, City Manager Maurice Jones revealed the rally called for the largest Virginia State Police deployment in the state in nearly three decades.

Many local residents raised fears over Saturday’s event and even went to City Hall last month demanding that the protest be canceled.

Several local businesses also declared their stores ‘safe spaces’ while both firms and local people put up signs showing support for diversity before the event.

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