USA state gov slams white supremacists

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The White House was silent for hours about the rioting, except for a solitary tweet from U.S. first lady Melania Trump who wrote: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".

Charlottesville city government said late on Saturday, that one person had been killed and 34 injured in the events.

The group had gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and others arrived to protest the racism.

A Dodge Challenger rammed into a group of protesters as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally on Saturday. "What you're seeing are outside groups and people - some who live here, but majority do not live here - believe that they can come take over our town".

The mayor of Charlottesville suggested Sunday that President Trump has created an environment in which white supremacists feel welcome to publicly promote their views.

In the photo, taken by the New York Daily News, Fields stands with a handful of men, all dressed similarly in the usual Vanguard America uniform of khakis and white polo shirts.

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A police helicopter also crashed, killing the two officers on board.

Earlier in the day, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and troops from the National Guard were deployed to bolster security after clashes broke out between white supremacists and counterprotesters.

He said in a statement with first lady Chirlane McCray: "The white supremacists have taken their hate, violence, and intolerance to the streets, but we will not be intimidated by domestic terrorism".

The driver has been identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of OH, according to CNN. The news agency says Bloom became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally.

Samantha Bloom, of OH, confirmed details about her son's auto and his trip to Virginia, saying she received a text from him last week that said he'd gotten some time off from work and was going to a rally. "We must all come together as Americans".

Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, who was watching her son's cat at the time the incident took place, only learned that her son was suspected of plowing his vehicle into protesters when she was approached by reporters at her home in Maumee, Ohio.