Charlottesville rally organizer speaks out against violence

Charlottesville rally organizer speaks out against violence

They gathered in Richmond, Virginia to protest at the proposed removal of monuments harking back to the Confederacy - a group which opposed the abolition of slavery and sparked the U.S. civil war.

Three people were killed and dozens injured Saturday in the small college town in Virginia after tensions boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The driver has been identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio.

USA hospital officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, say one person was killed and 19 were injured on August 12 by a vehicle that plowed through a crowd protesting against a rally of white supremacists and far-right activists.

Several hundred protesters were marching when the auto appeared to deliberately drive into a group of them, The Associated Press reported.

The city of Charlottesville and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe both declared a state of emergency.

The rally organizer who would only give his first name of Steven, said his group is not connected to the groups responsible for yesterday's violence down south.

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The police have arrested a man they believe drove the auto, which killed a 32-year-old woman and injured 19 others, Guardian reported. The news agency says Bloom became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally.

Late in the afternoon, a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed in woodland south-west of the city, killing two police officers. But my message is clear: "We are stronger than you".

The incident occurred after a white nationalist group gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederal Civil War General Robert E. Lee while other groups arrived for a counter-protest.

Activist groups called for protesters to congregate Saturday night in downtown Oakland in response to violence during a rally by white supremacists in Virginia that left one woman dead and many injured.

"There's two words that need to be said over and over again: domestic terrorism and white supremacy", he said.

Counter-protesters held signs with slogans like "black lives matter" and "solidarity trumps hate".