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Charlottesville attack: What, where and who?

Charlottesville attack: What, where and who?
From Al Jazeera - August 13, 2017

On Friday night, hundreds of marchers descended on the University of Virginia carrying torches and yelling slogans "white lives matter" and "blood and soil".

Protests turned violent in Charlottesville on Saturday, as white supremacists clashed with counter-demonstrators and a car ploughed into a crowd ofanti-racist and anti-fascist demonstrators.

Here is what we know.

What happened and when?

A rally was planned for Friday to protestthe removal of a Confederate statue and was described asone of the largest white supremacist eventsin recent US history.

Organised by Jason Kessler, a former journalist and a member of the Proud Boys, an ultra-nationalist group, the "Unite the Right" rally was planned to voice opposition to the removal of the statue of Confederate icon General Robert E Lee.

Protesters gathered again on Saturday and clashed with counter-demonstrators. At 11:40am a car struck the counter-demonstrators.

At least one person was killedand 35 injured.

Later in the afternoon, a police helicopter crashed and killed the pilot and a passenger outside Charlottesville while en route to the rally, though officials did not elaborate the details.

READ MORE: Unite the Right - White supremacists rally in Virginia

Where did it happen?

This took place inCharlottesville, a university town of 46,000 people, in the state of Virginia, US.

Charlottesville has become a focal point of the resurgent white supremacist movement after officials there voted to take down a statue of the Confederate General Robert E Lee.

Who was behind it?

The suspect was identified as James Alex Fields Jr, 20, a resident of the state of Ohio. He was arrested shortly after the incident and is in custody.

Police have charged him with second-degree murder and three counts of malicious wounding.

How many casualties?

Is Charlottesville now safe? What is the latest on the ground?

Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) August 12, 2017

What are people saying?

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 12, 2017
Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017

What happens next?

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