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AFP: Trump on Charlottesville violence: 'Blame on both sides'

AFP: Trump on Charlottesville violence: 'Blame on both sides'

16 August 2017 | 00:17 | FOCUS News Agency
New York. US President Donald Trump angrily lashed out Tuesday at questions about his response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides", AFP reported.
"There are two sides to a story," Trump told reporters at Trump Tower in New York, where he was presenting infrastructure measures.
When asked why he waited until Monday to explicitly condemn hate groups present in Charlottesville, Trump said he wanted to be careful not to make a "quick statement" without all the facts.
He called the suspected Nazi sympathizer who plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead, a "disgrace to himself, his family and this country."
The president also defended his controversial far-right chief strategist Steve Bannon, saying: "I like Mr Bannon. He's a friend of mine... He is a good man. He is not a racist."

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VOA: FBI Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Death at White Supremacist Rally

VOA: FBI Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Death at White Supremacist Rally

13 August 2017 | 09:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. The FBI, the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s office have opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car ramming during a protest against a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, Voice of America reported.
Virginia’s governor told white supremacists Saturday, who had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, to “go home” after three people were killed in violence at a rally and in a helicopter crash that police linked to the protest.
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after fights broke out between armor-clad, shield-carrying white nationalist demonstrators and similarly armed counterprotesters in Charlottesville.
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Sputnik: US Police Arrest 3 Individuals Over Far-Right Rally in Charlottesville

Sputnik: US Police Arrest 3 Individuals Over Far-Right Rally in Charlottesville

13 August 2017 | 08:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Charlottesville. Three men have been arrested over the far-right demonstration in the US city of Charlottesville which had lead to violence and casualties, the police of Virginia state said in a statement Sunday, Sputnik reported.
On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists dubbed "Unite the Right" which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counterprotesters. Earlier in the day, Charlottesville police said James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses over the ramming attack perpetrated amid the violence.
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CNN: Charlottesville car crash suspect ID'd as 20-year-old Ohio man

CNN: Charlottesville car crash suspect ID'd as 20-year-old Ohio man

13 August 2017 | 07:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Charlottesville . The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail, CNN reported.
Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
One person died and 19 were injured Saturday when a car rammed a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups.
Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said the suspect was taken into custody not far from the crash site.
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