State of emergency declared over USA far-right rally

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One person died after a auto plowed into a group of people peacefully protesting at the rally yesterday while two others died following a helicopter crash that took place near the protest site in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia State Police said Saturday that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near a home around 5 p.m.

Gilmore called the crash "deliberate terrorism" and said he shared the video with police and media.

Several hundred counter-demonstrators were marching through the university town for a second day in opposition to a crowd of some 6,000 people attending a right-wing rally when the vehicle struck.

Once police dispersed most of the crowd, a Dodge Challenger plowed into a crowd of protesters, hurling people into the air, killing one and injuring 19 others. The driver was subsequently arrested, and the incident is now being treated as a "criminal homicide".

"It's been going on for a long time in our country", President Trump said of the hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville. He blamed "mostly out-of-state protesters" for the violence and clashes.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people out.

"The visibility of racists really disturbs me, and the openness of the hate is a problem", Mark Goble said. This kind of violence is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated.

Earlier, an hour after the commencement of the main march, which has attracted leading white nationalist figures such as David Duke and Richard Spencer, Trump tweeted "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

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Trump said "many sides" were involved in the Charlottesville incidents, drawing fire for not specifically denouncing the far right.

DSA was one of several left-wing counter-protest groups in Charlottesville protesting the "Unite the Right" demonstration by white supremacists and white nationalists.

At a press conference in the wake of the automobile attack and clashes between radical right demonstrators and counter-protestors, Trump declared (full text here): "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides". He just said the nation should come together. They rallied behind his promises to build a wall on the southern border, reduce the number of foreigners allowed into the country and pressure everyone in the country to speak English and say "Merry Christmas".

Multiple witnesses told U.S. media the victims were counter-protestors denouncing the so-called "alt-right".

The violence began on Friday night, when hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches appeared at the campus of the University of Virginia in a display that critics said was reminiscent of a Ku Klux Klan rally.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement obtained by CBS News' Paula Reid that he is "in contact" with Justice Department officials on the scene, and DOJ stands by the president in condemning violence, and any hate and intolerance.

Trump's wife Melania also issued a tweet on the violence in Charlottesville. "We are determined to take our country back".

For many Americans, they are outdated symbols of racism and slavery, and have been mobilizing to have them taken down from public places.

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