'There is no place for you here,' Virginia governor tells white nationalists

'There is no place for you here,' Virginia governor tells white nationalists
From CBC - August 13, 2017

The college town of Charlottesville, Va., is quiet this morning after two days worth of rallies between pro-white demonstrators and counter-protesters turned deadly, with a motorist ramming a car into acrowd.

The US Justice Department opened a federal civil rights investigation after the vehicle struck anti-racist protesters Saturday while they rallied against white nationalists holding a "United the Right" rally.

James Alex Fields Jr.,20, of Maumee,Ohio, faces several charges, including second-degree murder, in the attack, which killed Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal from Greene County, Va. Nineteen others were injured at the scene.In all, 35 people were hurt in the rallies.

Police have not yet provided a motive for the car-ramming incident, butU.S. attorneys and the Federal Bureau of Investigation haveopened a civil rights investigation, an FBI fieldoffice said.

Federal authorities were also looking into a helicoptercrash on Saturday that killed two Virginia state police officerswho were monitoring the clashes.

Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared anemergency and halted the white nationalist rally planned forSaturday, but that did not stop the violence.

Rival groups foughtpitched battles using fists, rocks and pepper spray.Three men were arrested in connection with the violence and face charges that include disorderly conduct, assault, and carrying a concealed handgun.

"Please go home and never come back," was McAuliffe'smessage for the white supremacists, delivered at a newsconference.

"There is no place for you here, there is no place for youin America," he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump said "many sides" displayed bigotry in Charlottesville, remarks that drew fire from across the politicalspectrum for not specifically denouncing white nationalists.

"We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregiousdisplay of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course on Saturday.

Backlash for Trump's wording

Prominent Democrats, civil rights activists and some Republicans said it was inexcusable of the president not to denounce white supremacy.

"Mr. Presidentwe must call evil by its name," Republican U.S. SenatorCory Gardnerwrote on social network Twitter.



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