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Live Updates: People Are Organizing Protests And Vigils Around The Country In Solidarity With Charlottesville

After marching on Friday night with torches, the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups held a large demonstration on Saturday. A state of emergency was soon declared and the rally shut down amid viole

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Demonstrators protest in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, August 13.

Here's what's happening:

  • A car plowed into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person after a white supremacist rally was shut down by police. A suspect is in custody, and has been identified in news reports as 20-year-old Ohio resident James Alex Fields, Jr.
  • The FBI announced Saturday night that it has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car crash.
  • A state police helicopter also crashed while responding to the protests, killing two officers. Virginia State Police identified the officers as Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va., and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Va.
  • "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," President Donald Trump said. The statement prompted criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, who urged the president to more strongly condemn white supremacist violence.
  • White supremacists gathered in the college town for the "Unite the Right" rally, where they chanted racist and homophobic slogans.
  • Hundreds of counter-protesters were also there, including local interfaith leaders, activists, and self-described anti-fascist protesters.
  • The protests prompted city officials and the state's governor declared a state of emergency.
  • Friday night's torch-carrying white nationalist march through the University of Virginia saw marchers chanting Nazi slogans, punching counter-protesters, and spraying them with chemicals.

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Posted at Aug. 14, 2017, at 00:57 AM

Vice President Mike Pence releases statement on Charlottesville, denouncing "white supremacists, neo-Nazis...the KKK" and "dangerous fringe groups"

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US Vice President Mike Pence released a statement on Sunday, saying "We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo Nazis or the KKK."

The statement came after some people had condemned President Donald Trump for not calling the protesters "white supremacists."

"Yesterday President Trump clearly and unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence and hatred which took place on the streets of Charlottesville," Pence said in his statement.

"We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo Nazis or the KKK. These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms," Pence said.

"The president also made clear that behavior by others of different militant perspectives are also unacceptable in our political debate and discourse," he continued.

Pence specifically described the president's "call for unity" as "from the heart."

"It was a sincere call, in these two divided times in our country, for those on the extremes to be dismissed and for the vast majority of Americans who cherish freedom, who cherish justice for all, to come together, in new and in renewed ways," Pence said.

He added that he took issue with the way "the national media spent more time criticizing the president’s words than they did criticizing those that perpetrated the violence to begin with."

"We should be putting the attention where it belongs," Pence said, "and that is on those extremist groups that need to be pushed out of the public debate entirely and discredited for the hate groups and dangerous fringe groups that they are."

He said their administration was bringing "the full resources of the Department of Justice investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence that ensued yesterday in Charlottesville."

Pence described Charlottesville and the University of Virginia as good places, saying what happened there was a "tragedy" and in no way a "reflection of the good and decent people of Charlottesville or of America."

His statement came while he was in Colombia visiting with President Juan Manuel Santos, whose son he said just graduated from the University of Virginia.

"The truth is, as President Santos knows, is the overwhelming majority of Americans, I would say with very few exceptions, cherish the values that are at the foundation of our nation," Pence said according to the Pool report.

He called for prayer after the violence for those who lost their lives and for greater unity in America.

"We can seize this moment, as President Trump said yesterday, as a moment where we stop, where we pause and where we move forward together," Pence said.

— Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 23:09 PM

Tiki Brand, which makes torches that have been used by white supremacists in Charlottesville, says it's "saddened and disappointed"

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Tiki Brand Products, which is best known for making bamboo torches for backyard parties and luaus, released a statement distancing itself from the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville that have utilized their products.

The brand said it was "deeply saddened and disappointed" by "the events that took place in Charlottesville" and were "not associated."

"We do not support their message or the use of our products in this way," the company said. "Our products are designed to enhance backyard gatherings and to help family and friends connect with each other at home in their yard."

In May, images of white supremacists wielding torches at a Charlottesville rally went viral, after they drew strong reactions from people online.

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On Friday in Charlottesville, the torches were used again by white supremacists preparing for the Unite the Right rally, who wielded them as they marched through the University Of Virginia campus.

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White supremacists surrounded counter protests at the Jefferson Statue on campus, and fighting broke out between the protesters. Police reportedly separated the two groups, having declared unlawful assembly.

— Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 22:05 PM

If Charlottesville changed the confederate monument debate, these Republicans aren’t saying

To many offended by Confederate nostalgia, the images of swastikas and burning tiki torches this weekend in Charlottesville confirmed what they have long believed: That racism, and not respect for history or a desire to lash out against liberals and politically correct culture, is fueling this debate.

It's a debate with political ramifications, especially for Republicans. Some — notably Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado — have unequivocally denounced the Charlottesville unrest as racism and bigotry.

“We are the Party of Lincoln and a party that stands against divisive and hurtful symbols,” McDaniel said Sunday in statement to BuzzFeed News. “As Americans we can find ways to preserve our history but only if we are working toward an inclusive future that separates us from a hateful past.”

But President Donald Trump, whose campaign offered racialized rhetoric and never consistently disavowed his support among white nationalists, issued a response Saturday that did not call out white supremacists — and instead criticized the violence on “many sides,” while ignoring reporters’ shouted questions about white nationalists. His vague remarks underscore how uncomfortable a topic this is for others in the GOP, particularly those in the Old South, where politicians often are expected to pick a side.

How uncomfortable? BuzzFeed News contacted more than 15 Republican candidates, operatives, and officeholders in Southern states with the same basic question: Does seeing these symbols embraced in the name of racism and in a violent manner change how you feel about pro-Confederate politics? Only two replied. None answered the question as posed.

Read more here.

Henry Gomez

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 21:06 PM

Jason Kessler, organizer of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, abandoned his own press conference this afternoon after protests

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The organizer of Saturday's Unite The Right rally, which brought together neo-nazis and other white superemacists in Charlottesville, left his own press conference this afternoon after being booed by anti-racist protesters.

Three people died and at least 19 were injured as a result of the white supremacist demonstrations.

Kessler was met with protesters as he tried to address a crowd outside Charlottesville City Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Blake Montgomery @blakersdozen

Complete chaos as Kessler is chased out of his own press conference

Sun Aug 13 18:05:11 UTC+0000 2017

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Protesters shouted, "Shame on you!" and "Nazis go home!" as Kessler tried to address the crowd.

Blake Montgomery @blakersdozen

Massive boos and cries of "Shame!" For Jason Kessler in Charlottesville

06:06 PM - 13 Aug 2017

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Blake Montgomery @blakersdozen

Massive boos and cries of "Shame!" For Jason Kessler in Charlottesville

06:06 PM - 13 Aug 2017

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Blake Montgomery @blakersdozen

Protesters are drowning him out completely

06:06 PM - 13 Aug 2017

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Virginia state police arrested at least one protester at the scene.

Blake Montgomery @blakersdozen

Tons of state police. Chants of "Nazis go home!"

06:09 PM - 13 Aug 2017

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Blake Montgomery @blakersdozen

Protesters chased Jason Kessler away from his own press conference in Charlottesville. Here's my view:

06:16 PM - 13 Aug 2017

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After leaving the scene Kessler tweeted, "once again violence rules over speech and ideas in #Charlottesville."

Jason Kessler @TheMadDimension

I tried my best but once again violence rules over speech and ideas in #Charlottesville. The first amendment is finished it seems.

07:57 PM - 13 Aug 2017

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— Nidhi Prakash and Blake Montgomery

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 19:48 PM

Anti-racists are naming and shaming the Charlottesville marchers online

The pseudonymous account @YesYoureRacist is crowdsourcing the names of people who attended a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — and trying to get them fired from their jobs.

“I’ve been using this account to call out racists on Twitter in real life for nearly five years, so when all of these photos started popping up from the torch rally Friday night and the alt-right march on Saturday, I figured it was only natural that I would continue to call them out,” the man who runs the account, who declined to share his name, told BuzzFeed News.

Read more here.

Kevin Collier

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 18:39 PM

Officials identify Heather Heyer, 32, as the victim of the car attack

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The crash, which involved multiple vehicles, killed Heyer, who was on foot. She was transported to UVA Hospital, where she was declared dead, Charlottesville City officials said in a statement on Sunday.

Charlottesville City officials released another statement Sunday afternoon expressing condolences to the families of all three victims, writing that Heyer "was struck down by a vehicle while exercising her peaceful first-amendment right to free speech."

"We met when we were little and living in the same subdivision. She was always nice," Felicia Correa, a childhood friend of Heyer's, told BuzzFeed News. "More recently she helped me with my bankruptcy which was due to being uninsured last year. Due to me having MS and was hospitalized, I was faced with having to pay tens of thousands of dollars. She worked at the law firm that I used, Miller Law Group. She never saw race. I am sure you will hear that from everyone." Correa has organized a GoFundMe page for Heyer's family; it has already raised more than $100,000.

Nidhi Prakash and Michelle Broder van Dyke

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 17:51 PM

People are organizing vigils and protests around the country in solidarity with Charlottesville

People in cities across the country are planning candleight vigils, protests, and other actions in honor of the three people who died in connection to the Charlottesville rally, and in protest of racism and white supremacism.

At least a hundred people gathered Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza to "rally for Peace and Sanity."

Remy Smidt @remysmidt

I'm in brooklyn where people have gathered the day after a white supremacist rally in #charolettesville

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"In light of current abhorrent events in Charlottesville, this rally is also aiming for peace and sanity on our own soil as well," reads the Facebook event page for the rally, which was initially organized against nuclear war with North Korea, but shifted focus after Saturday's events. "Please come and show your support or the brave patriots showing up in the face of white supremacy and terrorism in Virginia."

The progressive organization Indivisible has a list of similar actions planned throughout the country.

Ellen Cushing and Remy Smidt

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 15:26 PM

White House acknowledges “white supremacists” in statement from unnamed spokesperson

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The White House has issued a brief follow-up statement on Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, responding to reporters’ questions about President Trump’s widely criticized initial statement, which did not specifically call out white supremacists and instead attributed violence to “many sides.”

"The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred,” an unnamed spokesperson said in a statement issued Sunday morning to the White House press pool. “Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together."

Trump did not explicitly mention white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or the KKK in his remarks Saturday, or in follow-up tweets.

The White House said Trump “will continue to receive regular updates from his team” about what occurred in Charlottesville.

— Matt Berman

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 14:36 PM

Anthony Scaramucci says Trump should have been "much harsher" in his condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville

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Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House Communications director, said that President Trump needed to be "much harsher" in his condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday by white supremacists.

In his first interview after his 11-day stint on the job, Scaramucci said he wouldn't have "recommended" the brief statement by Trump about the violence.

"With the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out," Scaramucci told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."

President Trump appeared to avoid condemning the white nationalists and neo-Nazis that organized the rally, and instead only mentioned violence on "many sides."

Scaramucci also referred to White House Advisor and former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon as the potential reason for Trump's weak condemnation. "You also sort of got this Bannon-bart influence in there which I think is a snag on the president," he said, referring to Steven Bannon and the heavily right-learning website.

He called Bannon's influence "nonsensical" and later said, "I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon."

Scaramucci didn't elaborate, but said the President has a very good idea of the "leakers" are in the White House and of those people around him who are "undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests."

— Talal Ansari

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 14:15 PM

Trump's Homeland Security Adviser says he condemns white supremacism — after rounds of persistent questioning

President Trump's national security advisor Tim Bossert continued to blame groups "on both sides looking for trouble" for the violence in Charlottesville that resulted in the deaths of three people.

For several rounds of questions, Bossert referred to "these groups" and "groups that clashed yesterday" without calling out neo-nazis or white supremacists who incited the violence specifically.

He was quicker to frame the violence around "the individual that committed murder yesterday", referring to the man who drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters and killed one.

Bossert: "Hold on one moment, Jake. I don't for one minute, I don't for one moment and I won't allow you for one second to put me in a position of being an apologist for someone who is now a charged murderer. This individual should face swift justice. The president of the United States shares that view. I know he does. I share that view deeply. And I don't want to be put in a position. I won't allow you to put me or him in a position of not finding that justice as swiftly as possible."

Tapper: "You just decried both sides. You just decried both sides. Here we have a situation, Mr. Bossert, where neo-nazis, the Klan, alt-right and others went to Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting other anti-semitic, anti-African American and other racist slogans provoking the people of Charlottesville, Virginia, making them feel intimidated. Yes, violence did break out. One person was killed by one of these alt-right, Klan, nazi protesters and you just decried both sides of this and this is the issue."

Bossert: "No. No, I didn't. You're making this issue a little distorted. What I would decry is the individual that committed murder yesterday. What I would do, though, is quibble with this notion that any of this is acceptable. These groups showed up spewing hate. These groups showed up looking for violence."

Tapper: "What groups?"

Bosser: "I think it's just important for people to understand."

Tapper: "What groups are you referring to?"

Bossert: "Well, I refer to the groups that clashed yesterday. I think it was pretty graphically evident."

Tapper: "Are you talking about the neo-nazis or the counterprotesters?"

At which point Bossert did not answer the question but instead started talking about the difficulties of planning for the protests, but went on to reiterate again that he blamed the individual who rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters and not a group:

"I don't assign blame or assuage blame or try to press blame to other groups, Jake. The point I'm trying to make is that what we saw yesterday was an unacceptable planned demonstration of violence. What I would say is with respect to murder and I'm a little bit indignant of the way you phrased that. Apologies if I took it the wrong way," he said, "But I place the blame most squarely and most directly on the murderer, alleged murderer, the driver of the vehicle. It's no question in my mind the driver of that vehicle acted with intent. That is the driver of that vehicle. He is rightly accused of being a murderer," he said.

After Tapper pushed him several times, citing criticism from top Republicans that the administration has not condemned white supremacist and neo-nazi groups responsible for the violence on Saturday, Bossert finally condemned white supremacists and neo-nazis broadly.

"I condemn white supremacists and racists and white Nazi groups," he said in the following exchange:

Tapper: "I guess the point is, a point being made by Republican officials like Corey Gardner and others when you condemn groups as opposed to specifically white supremacists, Nazis, members, it creates this vagueness that as I read to you in that neo-nazi website quote, allows neo-nazis to think, 'He's not condemning us. He's condemning anybody that was violent.' That's the problem. And you, on the show today, have said that you condemn groups and condemn actions and condemn bigotry but I haven't heard you say, 'I condemn white supremacists, I condemn neo-nazis, I condemn the alt-right.' I haven't heard that and I think a lot of people were upset, a lot of Republican officials, that they didn't hear it from President Trump. But I don't want to belabor this point—"

Bossert: "I think you've belabored it so let me say that I condemn white supremacist and racists and white nazi groups, and all the other groups that espouse this kind of violence. I can't be clearer."

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No-one in the administration has called the death of one woman by a man driving his car into a crowd during the demonstrations yesterday a terrorist act.

- Nidhi Prakash

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 13:46 PM

Charlottesville mayor says he blames Trump's rhetoric for Saturday's violence

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said on CNN on Sunday morning that President Trump bears blame for the deaths that happened at yesterday’s white supremacy rally.

“Look at the campaign he ran. I mean, look at the intentional courting both on the one hand of all these white supremacists, white nationalist group like that, antisemetic and then look on the other hand the repeated failure to condemn, denounce, silence, you know, put to bed all those different efforts just like we saw yesterday,” Singer said. “This is not hard. There's, you know, there's two words that need to be said over and over again that’s domestic terrorism and white supremacy.”

Trump, he said, “is on the sidelines and things of so many issues. But the country is going to move ahead.”

The three people that died Saturday “didn’t need to die,” Singer said.

When Trump vaguely said there was violence “on both sides” on Saturday, Singer said he “hung his head in shame.”

Singer also addressed the suspect in the car attack, James Alex Fields, Jr, specifically about a photo that surfaced showing him holding a shield with a white supremacist symbol.

Singer said he wants his case to be tried on domestic terrorism charges.

“I would say if those facts bear out it would be more evidence of what was already unbelievably disturbing here, which is people who felt as if they had free reign to come into a free city and terrorize our most vulnerable people.

“This didn't just go through that open, you know, physical violence yesterday. It began the night before with several hundred of these people who came to our town doing a torch parade yelling slogans, you know, against African-Americans against Jews up and down the campus of Thomas Jefferson. At the university of Virginia. This was an unusual display of intimidation harking back to the KKK,” Singer said.

“It sounds like this gentleman don't want to jump to conclusions before law enforcement authorities do, but I hope if the facts are there we vigorously prosecute this as a case of domestic terrorism,” Singer said.

—Tom Namako

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 13:38 PM

Trump's national security advisor says car attack in Charlottesville was terrorism

Speaking on ABC's This Week on Sunday morning, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster told host George Stephanopoulos the attack in Charlottesville, that left a woman dead and 19 others injured, was an act of terrorism.

"Any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism," McMaster said.

McMaster was then interviewed on NBC's Meet The Press where he reiterated his statement: "Of course it was terrorism."

When questioned about President Trump's response to the events, he added: "I'm sure you will hear from the president more about this."

McMaster was also pressed on Meet The Press on whether or not he believes he can work with White House adviser Steve Bannon, who former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci specifically faulted for Trump’s loose response to Saturday’s violence during a separate Sunday TV appearance. The website Bannon ran before joining the White House, Breitbart News, has for days been targeting McMaster as someone who is preventing Trump from fulfilling his promised agenda.

Asked multiple times whether he could work with Bannon, McMaster said he is “ready to work with anybody who will help advance the president’s agenda and advance the security, prosperity of the American people.” He would not explicitly say if that includes Bannon.

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 13:02 PM

Trump's daughter Ivanka condemns white supremacy action in Charlottesville

While many have criticized President Donald Trump for his ambigious statements on the violence that unfolded in Charlottesville over the weekend, his daughter Ivanka was more explicit.

On Sunday morning, she tweeted that "there should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis."

Her comments make her the most senior administration advisor to explicitly condemn the white supremacy protesters in Charlottesville.

Ivanka Trump @IvankaTrump

2:2 We must all come together as Americans -- and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville

12:09 PM - 13 Aug 2017

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—Alicia Melville-Smith

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 02:50 AM

The FBI is opening a civil rights investigation into the deadly car crash in Charlottesville

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JUST IN: FBI says it's opening a civil rights investigation into the deadly car crash in downtown Charlottesville S… https://t.co/sdejhopaAC

02:36 AM - 13 Aug 2017

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The FBI's Richmond Division announced Saturday night that it would open a civil rights investigation into the deadly car crash in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

In a statement Saturday night, the agency said that it work with the FBI's Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia to look into the "circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident."

"The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence," the statement said, adding that the agency would not comment further on the investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also released a statement, saying he had spoken with FBI Director Chris Wray and with agents on the scene, and that the Department of Justice would fully support the federal investigation into the incident.

"The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice," Sessions said. "When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated."

"Justice will prevail," he concluded.

Dominic Holden @dominicholden

JUST IN: Jeff Sessions statement on opening an investigation into today’s violence in Charlottesville:

03:00 AM - 13 Aug 2017

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—Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 02:37 AM

Virginia State Police arrest three people in connection with the protests in Charlottesville

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The Virginia State Police block a street during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the protests, and ensuing violence, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, state police announced.

In a statement, Virginia State Police identified the three individuals arrested as Troy Dunigan, 21, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Louisa, Virginia, charged with misdemeanor assault & battery; and James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, who was charged with carrying a concealed handgun.

Authorities also arrested 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr, of Ohio, in connection with the fatal car collision that left one person dead in downtown Charlottesville, Saturday. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder, among other charges.

—Grace Wyler

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 01:55 AM

The two victims of a helicopter crash in Charlottesville, Virginia, have been identified

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Lieutenant H Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates

At least three people died on Saturday as violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia. Two state police officers died as they were trying to help with public safety when their helicopter crashed into a wooded area. A third person, who has not yet been identified, died when a car drove into a crowd on anti-racist protesters.

Lieutenant H Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, was one of the victims who died in the helicopter crash, officials said. He was a 1994 graduate of the Virginia State Police Academy, and first joined the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit in 1999, according to a statement issued by Virginia State Police. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

The other victim was identified as Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Virginia. Bates would've turned 41 on Sunday, the state police said in its statement. He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in August 2004, and transferred to the Aviation Unit as a trooper-pilot in July. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Read more here.

— Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 01:44 AM

Republican Senator Ted Cruz calls for a Department of Justice investigation into "grotesque act of domestic terrorism"

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

The Texas Senator's statement, released Saturday night, comes amid growing calls for President Donald Trump to explicitly condemn white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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

One person was killed in the incident, and more than a dozen other people were injured. A man has been detained and has been charged in connection to the incident, the Charlottesville Police Department confirmed Saturday.

"It's tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great nation with bloodshed," Cruz wrote, expressing his condolences for those killed or hurt in the violence.

Senator Ted Cruz @SenTedCruz

I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.

01:27 AM - 13 Aug 2017

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– Rose Troup Buchanan

Posted at Aug. 13, 2017, at 01:33 AM

Driver in fatal protest crash charged with second-degree murder

Henry Graff @HenryGraff

JUST IN: Booking photo of James Alex Fields, Jr. @NBC29

Sun Aug 13 01:17:25 UTC+0000 2017

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A 20-year-old Ohio man was charged Saturday night in connection with crashing into a crowd of protesters.

James Alex Fields Jr. was booked into Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit and run. A 32-year-old woman was killed and at least 19 others were injured in the crash, which involved multiple vehicles.

Fields fled the scene, police said, and was arrested shortly after the crash. His car was registered to an address in northeastern Ohio.

His mother Samantha Bloom told the Toledo Blade that her son had told her last week he was heading to an "alt right" rally in Virginia, but she didn't know more about it.

"I try to stay out of his political views. I don't get too involved,” she told the Blade.

"I told him to be careful ... if they are going to rally, to make sure he is doing it peacefully," she said, before breaking down in tears.
—Claudia Koerner

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 23:33 PM

Virginia governor tells white supremacists to "go home" after 3 people die in violence

Steve Helber / AP

As violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white supremacist protest, the governor told those who had come for the event to "go home."

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also said he had spoken with President Trump and told him the only way to move forward was to bring people together and stop the hate speech.

The protests started Friday night around a Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and by Saturday, the "Unite the Right" rally had turned into full blown chaos, with a car plowing into a group of anti-racist demonstrators, killing one, and a helicopter crashing nearby, killing two state police officers.

McAuliffe on Saturday thanked those helping amid the chaos, and also had powerful words to the racists who had descended upon his state.

"Our message is plain and simple: Go home," McAuliffe said. "You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you're patriots, but you are anything but a patriot. You want to talk about patriots? Talk about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who brought our country together."

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—Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 23:12 PM

Two dead after state police helicopter crashes near Charlottesville

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A state police helicopter crashed near Birdwood Golf Course, witnesses say. https://t.co/I1XqO4X1j1

09:50 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Two police officers were killed Saturday in a helicopter crash not far from white supremacist demonstrations and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The crash took place around 4:50 p.m., in a wooded area near Birdwell Golf Course, about seven miles southwest of Charlottesville, authorities said.

Two people on board the helicopter were killed, Virginia State Police said. No one on the ground was injured in the crash.

Read more here.

—Claudia Koerner

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 22:45 PM

Witnesses describe the moment a car drove into protesters, "flinging people out of the way"

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Witnesses have described seeing a car "fling people out of the way" during a counter-demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

The University of Virginia Medical Center, which is treating the wounded, confirmed that at least one person was killed in the incident, and as many as 19 individuals were hurt after the vehicle drove through the crowd.

Wyatt Reed, who was at Water and Fourth streets in downtown Charlottesville when the car ran through the crowd, described seeing the vehicle, believed to be a dark grey Dodge Challenger, drive through the crowd, “flinging people out of the way."

“There was a ton of bodies on the ground all of a sudden," Reed said.

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—Rose Troup Buchanan

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 22:43 PM

Crash victim identified as 32-year-old woman

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A 32-year-old woman was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of anti-racist protesters Saturday in Charlottesville, officials said.

The crash, which involved multiple vehicles, killed the woman, who was on foot. She has not been named as authorities work to notify her family.

At least 35 people were injured on Saturday. Nineteen pedestrians were injured in the crash, and 14 other people were injured as white supremacists and counter protesters clashed, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said Saturday.

"The premeditated violence that our community experienced today was completely unacceptable," he said.

Conditions of the injured ranged from life-threatening to minor, Thomas said. The driver who caused the crash fled the scene, then was arrested by police a short time later.

He is expected to be charged with homicide, Thomas said.

—Claudia Koerner

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 22:38 PM

As violence raged in Charlottesville, people wondered: Where were the cops?

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Last night, as white supremacists with torches gathered at the University of Virginia and surrounded a group of students protesting them, it was clear tensions were rising. The following afternoon, a car plowed into a group of anti-racist protesters, killing one and injuring 19.

The obvious question: how did authorities not see it coming?

Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klan members had gathered the night before for a “Unite the Right” rally to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. They chanted: “Blood and soil,” “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us.” In response, anti-racist protesters stood amongst them holding a sign that read, “UVA Students Are Against White Supremacy.”

At a time of high racial tensions, amidst a surge in hate crimes that have targeted every group other than straight, white men, the burst of violence was the latest in a year that has seen at least several racist killings, including in Kansas, New York City, and Oregon.

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—Albert Samaha

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 21:31 PM

Two people killed in helicopter crash near protests

Two people died when their helicopter crashed near protests in Charlottesville, according to Virginia State Police.

The crash took place around 4:50 p.m. about seven miles southwest of the city, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Simon Rader @Simon_Rader

Helicopter crash #Charlottesville

09:24 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Photos and video showed smoke at the crash site, which was near Birdwell Golf Course, according to the Daily Progress. According to the Daily Progress, it was a state police helicopter.

No one on the ground was injured.

Virginia State Police, who have been using helicopters as part of their response to the protests, did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News with more information.

The FAA will investigate the crash, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine what likely caused it.

—Claudia Koerner

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 20:55 PM

Republican senators calls on Trump to "call evil by its name"

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Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner called on President Donald Trump to "call evil by its name" on Saturday following the violence in Charlottesville.

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism," Gardner, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeted.

It was a follow up statement to his earlier tweets, where he called the situation "nothing short of domestic terror" and said the "hate being spewed in Virginia has no place in this country."

Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, also said that "we should call evil by its name."

"We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home," he tweeted.

The president was criticized for not naming the hate groups associated with the violence this weekend.

—Lissandra Villa

Cory Gardner @SenCoryGardner

Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW

08:44 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Senator Hatch Office @senorrinhatch

We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH

09:41 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 20:20 PM

Clinton, Sanders respond to violence in Charlottesville

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, responded to the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.

"Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions," Clinton, who ran against President Donald Trump in the 2016 general election, said in a series of tweets. "We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let's prove it."

Clinton appeared to be criticizing Trump, who had just condemned what he called a display of hate and violence "on many sides."

Sanders, who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton, also spoke out and called the incident "alarming" but "not surprising."

"While this incident is alarming, it is not surprising. Hate crimes and shows of hostility toward minorities have recently been surging," Sanders said in a Twitter thread. "Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters."

—Lissandra Villa

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 20:13 PM

1 dead, 19 injured from Charlottesville car attack

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One person is dead and 19 injured after a car plowed into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, according to the University of Virginia's Medical Center, where those affected were taken for treatment.

UVA Health System @uvahealthnews

After the incident downtown, 20 patients were taken to UVA Medical Center. 19 are being assessed and treated. One person has died.

08:14 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Among those injured by the car were two 19-year-old women with a party of counter-protesters from the Democratic Socialists of America, a national socialist network that has risen to prominence since Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.

The women, Mary and Caroline, who asked to be identified by their first names only, were hospitalized for a leg injury and a concussion, respectively, they said in text messages to BuzzFeed News. They were discharged from the hospital by early Saturday evening.

William Turton @WilliamTurton

Two of my friends marching with DSA were just hit by that car in Charlottesville:

06:09 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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William Turton @WilliamTurton

Update:

07:30 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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DSA 🌹 @DemSocialists

Two of our members are confirmed hurt in Charlottesville with a leg injury and a concussion and thankfully recovering and being discharged.

09:40 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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— Ruby Cramer and Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 20:08 PM

UVA president: "Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment"

UVA @UVA

President Sullivan: We uphold our shared community values and reject the ideology of intolerance and hate. More: https://t.co/AbkJ9t0ehg

Sat Aug 12 19:55:37 UTC+0000 2017

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The president of the University of Virginia continued to distance the school from the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.

"Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment," UVA President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement.

She also acknowledged the school is "a public institution and follows state and federal law regarding the public’s right to access open spaces, including the rights of the marchers who assembled on our Grounds last night."

Out of safety concerns and because of the state of emergency, UVA cancelled everything that it had scheduled for Saturday, but its medical center remains open.

"We will continue to uphold our shared values as a community and reject the ideology of intolerance and hate," Sullivan said.

—Lissandra Villa

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 20:08 PM

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Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 19:45 PM

Trump condemns “display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides"

David Mack @davidmackau

Trump: We condemn...this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, & violence on many sides. On many sides.

07:37 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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President Donald Trump took the podium on Saturday to address the violence in Charlottesville, where he condemned what he said was hatred and violence “on many sides.”

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides,” Trump said. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”

The president was already scheduled to sign legislation related to veteran’s affairs, but his press conference came after one person was killed when a car plowed into anti-racist demonstrators after a white supremacy rally.

In a statement later to The Guardian, a White House spokesperson said the president "was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides."

"There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today," the statement said.

“My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another." Trump said. "We must love each other, respect each other, and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other,” Trump said.

At one point during his comments, Trump boasted of the impact his policies have had on the economy and jobs.

"We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottes, to me it's very, very sad," he said.

The tweets the president earlier put out were met with some criticism for not being specific in calling out the hate groups.

Trump said the White House is monitoring the situation and that he spoke with the Virginia governor on the phone. Trump also said the administration is poised to provide additional help to local officials.

David Mack @davidmackau

Trump ignores reporters' questions: -Do you want the support of these white nationalists groups?-Would you call t… https://t.co/P502PgPToH

07:48 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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The president initially tried to leave the room without taking questions, but had to return to sign the legislation. Once he finished, he walked out and ignored questions shouted at him by reporters.

—Lissandra Villa

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 19:31 PM

Jeff Sessions: the type of violence in Charlottesville “can never be tolerated.”

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the kind of violence in Charlottesville today “can never be tolerated.”

In a statement on Saturday sent to BuzzFeed News, Sessions said he has been in touch with Department of Justice representatives on the ground as well as state officials.

“We stand united behind the President in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of hate and intolerance,” Sessions said. “This kind of violence is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated.”

—Lissandra Villa

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 19:22 PM

Mayor of Charlottesville says one person died in the car crash

Mike Signer @MikeSigner

I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home.

07:16 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Julia Reinstein

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 19:09 PM

Police detain suspected driver

Dean Seal @JDeanSeal

This is the car that plowed through a crowd at the #UniteTheRight rally. Stopped along Monticello Ave.

06:39 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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The suspected male driver of the car that plowed into anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville has been detained by officers, police told BuzzFeed News.

Photos of the suspected car show a dark grey Dodge Challenger with its destroyed bumper hanging off into the street.

It was stopped at Monticello and Blenheim Avenues, around one mile from where the crowd was hit on the corner of Water and 4th St in downtown Charlottesville.

Police at a station in downtown Charlottesville told reporter Blake Montgomery that the driver is in police custody.

Exact numbers of those injured remains unknown, but numerous witnesses say they saw at least six people injured after the car drove into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, shortly after riot police shut down the white-nationalist Unite the Right rally.

– Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 18:49 PM

First pictures emerge from crash aftermath

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Julia Reinstein

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 18:07 PM

Car plows into crowd of anti-racist protesters, injuring people

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Several people were injured after a car plowed into a group of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, who were still marching in the streets after the Unite the Right rally was earlier shut down by police.

Video of the car shows it accelerating, deliberately driving down the street towards protesters before slamming into them, and reversing back and driving away.

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Brennan Gilmore @brennanmgilmore

Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers w… https://t.co/urTneNvAge

06:13 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Virginia State Police tweeted that they had responded to a three-vehicle crash and there were "multiple injuries".

VA State Police @VSPPIO

CPD & VSP respond to 3-vehicle crash at Water & 4th streets. Several pedestrians struck. Multiple injuries. 1/2… https://t.co/HCbjLpgICO

06:14 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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A graphic video posted to Periscope (the crash starts around the 7:30 mark) shows a car plowing through a crowd of people, who appear to be anti-racist supporters, who'd been protesting the earlier planned Unite to Right rally.

Several cars are in the street, with marchers walking around them, when one car accelerates and runs into cars ahead of them and the crowd of protesters.

One marcher can be seen flipped onto the hood of another car.

The crowd screams, and people try to run away from the car.

The car then accelerates and reverses away.

On the Periscope video, the person who is recording it says: "That Nazi just drove into people."

It is not yet known who the driver of the car was.

"People are badly hurt, oh my god, people are badly hurt," adds Rebelutionary Z in the video.

Alex Rubinstein @RealAlexRubi

#BREAKING: I just watched a car plow through dozens of protesters. Extremely heavy injuries #Charlottesville

05:52 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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C-VILLE Weekly @cvillenews_desk

People are down on 4th Street. A silver Ford plowed into a crowd and allegedly backed into them again.

Sat Aug 12 17:47:20 UTC+0000 2017

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Reporter Wiliam Turton tweeted that two of his friends marching with the Democratic Socialists of America had been hit by the car and were injured, with one suffering a "probably broken leg and the other a concussion".

William Turton @WilliamTurton

Two of my friends marching with DSA were just hit by that car in Charlottesville:

06:09 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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The numbers of injured are unknown and numbers are differing, but witnesses are telling BuzzFeed they saw at least six people injured.

Lauren Berg @laurenbergk

Footage from scene on 4th Street where people were hit by a car. Counted 7 people injured #Charlotesville

06:06 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Witnesses told BuzzFeed News that one person appeared to be very badly injured and was receiving CPR.

Some of the protesters hit were Black Lives Matters protesters, according to Vice News reporters who were on the scene:

Tess Owen @misstessowen

USA, 2017. Footage by @vicenews who are on the scene in #Charlottesvillehttps://t.co/aAkx6TAuoV

06:21 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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BuzzFeed News reporters are Periscoping the aftermath of the crash.

Alejandro Alvarez @aletweetsnews

#Charlottesville 2:18pm 🔘 Large group of police heading to the intersection. Somebody shouts - "Where were you when… https://t.co/TNDaRAfbMw

06:20 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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The car has been found nearby abandoned. It is not yet known if the driver has been found.

Matt Spitzer @matthewspitzer

@seantubbs Pic of car at Blenheim and Monticello. Street closed

06:29 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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– Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 17:52 PM

Richard Spencer "appalled" that police ended right-wing rally

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Both the right-wing protesters and anti-fascist counter protesters claimed Saturday's violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as a success for their side.

However, the right never actually held the event they had planned, as a state of emergency was declared and riot police kicked them out of Emancipation Park, where it was to be held.

"I think this is unequivocally a win for us," Lacy MacAuley, a self-described anti-fascist organizer and activist, told BuzzFeed News reporter Blake Montgomery.

"If it hadn't been for us opposing the right, we would have seen them take the park and declaring victory right now and marching unchecked and unopposed through Charlottesville's streets," said MacAuley.

Many on the right dispersed shortly after riot police shut down the initial event.

“This was a great day. This was certainly a propaganda victory, a moral victory," said alt-right personality Richard Spencer, in a Periscope posted to Twitter.

Spencer, one of the leaders of the rally, tweeted to his supporters to "disperse" from Charlottesville, since the state of emergency made the protest unlawful.

In a Periscope, he used racial slurs against the deputy mayor of Charlottesville, Dr Wes Bellamy, who is black. Spencer called him "a house you-know-what" in a Periscope after the event, furious that local authorities had shut down the event.

“I never felt like the police or any kind of federal authorities were really trying to crack down on me, until today. I have never been so outraged at the mayor.... I am absolutely appalled," said Spencer.

The University of Virginia cancelled all planned events and classes on Saturday in response to the violence.

"As of 12:30 p.m., a single arrest has been reported," police said on Facebook. "Emergency Medical Personnel have responded to eight injuries related to the event.

"Law enforcement will continue to monitor the situation and respond as appropriate."

– Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 17:24 PM

President Trump: "There is no place for this kind of violence in America."

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President Donald Trump condemned the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that caused a Virginia state of emergency.

"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 tweeted after hours of silence from the White House.

In a later tweet, Trump called the situation "sad."

"Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. [Veterans Affairs]; all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!" Trump tweeted.

Before Trump's first tweet, the first lady was the only one from the president's family who had addressed the situation.

His statement drew some criticism for not specifically calling out hate groups.

Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted.

"I stand with @POTUS against hate & violence. U.S is greatest when we join together & oppose those seeking to divide us," Pence tweeted.

The White House has been in contact with the Virginia governor's office and has spoken with Gov. Terry McAuliffe's chief of staff.

—Lissandra Villa

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

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!

05:19 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 16:51 PM

People are praising a group of students as heroes for standing up to a white supremacist march

sophia armen @SophiaArmen

These are literally young UVA students age 17-23 standing up to a sea of white supremacists and neo-Nazis surroundi… https://t.co/4nZrApRuu2

04:00 AM - 12 Aug 2017

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During Friday night's march, a small group of counter-protesters, which included students, linked arms and stood in the middle of hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists.

“This is not something that we thought would ever happen, that we would ever see in our lifetime," Alex Spratley, a second-year student who counter-protested, told the Cavalier Daily. "It’s wild.”

Now, people are praising the counter-protesters as heroes for their bravery.

"Tell me again how today's college students are scared snowflakes," one person tweeted.

Read the full story here.

Julia Reinstein

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 16:50 PM

Richard Spencer tweets for right-wing protesters to "disperse"

Richard Spencer, an alt-right Twitter personality and one of the leaders of the Unite the Rally event in Charlottesville today – which was broken up by police before it officially began – tweeted that protesters should "disperse. Get out of Charlottesville city limits":

Richard ☝🏻Spencer @RichardBSpencer

My recommendation: Disperse. Get out of Charlottesville city limits. State of emergency has been called.

04:38 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Based on live video from BuzzFeed News, many of the right-wing protesters have left the streets of Charlottesville, while counter-protesters remain.

– Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 16:43 PM

First lady speaks out: "No good comes from violence."

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First Lady Melania Trump became the first member of the president's family to speak out on the events in Charlottesville, where a white supremacist rally caused a state of emergency.

"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville," she tweeted from her official White House account.

The White House has yet to make any official comments on the situation. BuzzFeed News has reached out for comment.

—Lissandra Villa

Melania Trump @FLOTUS

Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville

04:36 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 16:26 PM

Republicans speak out against white supremacist rally

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Republicans are beginning to speak out about the white supremacists rallying in Virginia, where a state of emergency has been declared.

"The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry," Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in a tweet.

"This is bigotry. This is racism. These are views we as the American people should reject," Montana Sen. Steve Daines tweeted.

Members of congress are away from Washington for August recess. Other conservatives have also condemned the gathering, including the chair of the Republican National Committee.

"The hate & bigotry on display in #charlottesville is dangerous & cowardly," Ronna McDaniel said on Twitter.

—Lissandra Villa

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 16:21 PM

Riot police remove protesters from Emancipation Park with violence breaking out in surrounding streets

The Unite the Right rally was to be held at 12 p.m. in Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee has been slated for removal.

The right-wing protesters argued with police.

At least one protester on the right was seen being arrested.

Protesters pushed back against riot police who removed right-wing demonstrators from the park with riot shields.

But riot police pushed protesters out of the park after the rally was ruled unlawful and violence broke out.

After being kicked out of the park, riots then began in the surrounding streets.

BuzzFeed News reporters Blake Montgomery and Andrew Kimmel filmed as a brawl broke out in a parking garage next to the police station, with protesters holding metal pipes.

Another fight then broke out directly in front of the police station, which was broken up by a handful of officers.

Numerous people have been injured and are walking around with bleeding heads.

– Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 16:05 PM

Tim Kaine says he's "deeply disturbed" by events in Charlottesville

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Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said he is "deeply disturbed" by the events in Charlottesville, where white supremacists have gathered to rally.

"I'm deeply disturbed that our country has to wake up to headlines of torch-wielding white nationalists promoting bigotry and inciting fear on a college campus in Virginia," Kaine said in a statement on Saturday. "I'm praying for, and urging, peace today."

Kaine, the Democratic running mate in the last presidential election and former Virginia governor, said "that's not what Virginians stand for."

"People peddling in hate from outside of Charlottesville will never define this vibrant community."

—Lissandra Villa

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 15:54 PM

Officials declare state of emergency

BuzzFeed News @BuzzFeedNews

Hundreds of white nationalists are in #Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally Watch live 👇… https://t.co/vDRsKqgYzp

03:14 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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The white supremacist rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville has been declared unlawful, officials said. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency.

"Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville," McAuliffe's office tweeted.

“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property," McAuliffe said in another statement. "I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours. The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety."

The county and city also declared local emergencies, the Charlottesville police department said in a statement on Saturday morning.

"This joint declaration allows local officials to request additional resources if needed to respond to ongoing events in the community which are currently localized in downtown Charlottesville," the statement said.

McAuliffe said Virginia state police requested the state of emergency just before 11:30 a.m. EST. and he "immediately authorized" one.

—Lissandra Villa

Charlottesville City @CvilleCityHall

Here is a copy of today's emergency declaration regarding the rally at Emancipation Park #cvilleaug12

03:50 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 15:45 PM

Fights break out at rally, as pepper spray and batons are used

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Violence has erupted at the Unite the Right rally, with people being hit with what appeared to be pepper spray, while batons were being used in violent skirmishes.

Protesters on both sides – many of whom were wearing helmets and carrying homemade shields – were seen throwing rocks, plastic bottles filled with concrete, and glass bottles. Fist-fights were also breaking out.

Items like tomatoes and plums were thrown, as were newspapers and dumpsters, by Antifa protesters.

Baked Alaska, an alt-right protester and Twitter personality who was expected to speak at the rally, was pepper sprayed. Pepper spray is being used regularly by the protesters and counter protesters.

At 11:35 a.m., state police announced the event had been declared an unlawful assembly and that protesters needed to leave.

"Clear the area now or you will be arrested," announced a police officer on a megaphone.

Both sides backed away slightly but protesters on both sides remained in the area.

The city of Virginia declared a state of emergency at 11:20 a.m.

—Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 15:28 PM

People are mocking the white nationalists protesters for carrying literal tiki torches

Rex Huppke @RexHuppke

When you think you're the master race but you can't figure out how to make your own damn torch.

05:59 AM - 12 Aug 2017

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During Friday night's march, hundreds of white nationalists wielded tiki torches, which many online were quick to mock.

People took guesses at whether the protestors had bought them at Pier One, or perhaps Party City. Many also pointed out the irony of asserting white supremacy using a product of Polynesian culture.

"These are legit scary assholes, but they'd be scarier if they didn't use citronella tiki torches they bought from Lowes," one person tweeted.

Read the full story here.

Julia Reinstein

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 15:27 PM

UVA condemns white nationalist protest

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The University of Virginia on Saturday issued a statement condemning the previous evening's events:

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan strongly condemned the demonstration that occurred on Grounds on the evening of August 11. The intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protestors was wrong. Those who gather with the intent to strike fear and sow division do not reflect the University’s values and will not influence or diminish the University’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and mutual respect. Included in these values also are a respect for the First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.

The University of Virginia is a public institution and as such must abide by state and federal laws regarding the public’s right to access open spaces. While University policy speaks to the ability to reserve space inside University-owned facilities, permits or registration to access public and open outdoor spaces are not required. University policy also does not generally prohibit open flames in outdoor spaces.

With regard to the incident last night, University Police arrested one protestor and charged the individual with assault and disorderly conduct. Several injuries were reported, including one University police officer who was injured while making the arrest. Several other members of the University community sustained minor injuries during the confrontation.

Law enforcement did not deploy pepper spray or any other chemical agents. Reports indicate that the pepper spray was used by the protestors. Law enforcement on the scene declared an “unlawful assembly” once physical altercations among the protestors began to escalate.

The safety and well-being of every member of the University community and its visitors remains a top priority. The University continues to monitor developments in the City and is closely coordinating with state and local law enforcement. The University continues to discourage members of the University community from attending the planned downtown rallies.

University President Teresa Sullivan released a statement earlier on Friday night's white nationalist march on the college campus:

As President of the University of Virginia, I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protestors that marched on our Grounds this evening. I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including University personnel who were attempting to maintain order.

Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable. The violence displayed on Grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the University’s values.

—Amber Jamieson

Posted at Aug. 12, 2017, at 15:17 PM

White supremacists gather for "Unite the Right" demonstration

Joe Heim @JoeHeim

Surrounded by police protection, White supremacists chanting "fuck you faggots!" at counter protesters.

02:39 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Hundreds of white-supremacists — including the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and unnamed armed militia — gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite The Right” rally on Saturday.

Many of the same demonstrators descended on the campus of the University of Virginia on Friday night for a violent, torchlit march. They chanted racist slogans such as “Jews will not replace us”, “white lives matter,” and “end immigration," while also performing the Nazi salute. The marchers surrounded counter-protesters, spraying them with chemicals, and physical fights broke out.

Although the Saturday rally was not scheduled to officially kick off until 12 p.m. local time, crowds began gathering early.

Several groups of both protesters and counter-protesters were present, including local religious leaders and politicians who linked arms to form a human chain against the white supremacists.

Unite the Right protesters began marching the streets chanting “blood and soil” (a Nazi slogan that links family lineage to land).

Christopher Mathias @letsgomathias

They're chanting "Blood and Soil" as they approach Lee Park in #Charlottesville

01:25 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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By 10am, one protester had already been punched in the face by a counter-protester.

Mykal McEldowney @mykalmphoto

The #UniteTheRight rally has started in #charlottesville. A counter protester threw a punch calm was quickly restor… https://t.co/v7F4JSDNaG

01:56 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Self-described anti-fascist, or Antifa, protesters were chanting, “Kill all Nazis”:

Alejandro Alvarez @aletweetsnews

#Charlottesville 10:27am 🔘 Antifa chanting "kill all nazis" as alt-right watch on

02:28 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Joshua Eaton @joshua_eaton

Large antifa group just showed up outside Lee/Emancipation park, chanting, "We're here, we're gay, we fight the KKK… https://t.co/6M1IZnHIVY

02:37 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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In response, protesters began chanting, “Fuck you, faggots”.

Christopher Mathias @letsgomathias

You heard that right. They're chanting "Fuck you faggots." 2017. #Charlottesville

02:35 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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The Charlottesville Clergy Collective held a peaceful interfaith rally on Saturday morning, where deputy mayor Dr Wes Bellamy lead a chant of "no hate, no fear, white supremacy's not welcome here."

NBC29 @NBC29

.@DrWesBellamy leads "no hate, no fear, white supremacy's not welcome here" chant at #Charlottesville Clergy Collec… https://t.co/b9EQFBvZsI

12:41 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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Many of those religious leaders and locals linked arms against the armed militia:

Christopher Mathias @letsgomathias

Whenever hate visits a place - Olathe, Portland, #Charlottesville - I see interfaith people putting in the work

01:19 PM - 12 Aug 2017

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—Amber Jamieson

Reporting by Blake Montgomery and Andrew Kimmel in Charlottesville, Virginia; Amber Jamieson, Julia Reinstein, and David Mack in New York; and Lissandra Villa in Washington, DC.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post featured images from a July protest in Charlottesville.

Hundreds Of Torch-Wielding White Nationalists Marched Through The University Of Virginia

https://www.buzzfeed.com/franciswhittaker/hundreds-of-torch-wielding-white-nationalists-marched

People Are Mocking White Nationalists For Marching With Literal Tiki Torches

https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/citronazi-candles

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