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James Alex Fields Jr.: Suspect in Va. White Nationalist Rally Car Incident

13 August 2017

Police has been engaged in dispersing the crowds after fistfights and screaming matches erupted in several locations late Saturday morning and the Governor declared the gathering an?unlawful assembly?, CNN reported. "We stand with [Charlottesville] Mayor Mike Signer and everyone in his city with hope and prayers for peace to be restored".

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a one-time Trump rival, appeared to rally to the president's aid, tweeting that it was "very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists".

Some didn't think Trump did enough to condemn white supremacists. No one on the ground was injured.

In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally last month, where they were met by hundreds of counterprotesters.

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Indian American Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called on Trump to "denounce what happened this weekend - and the white supremacist hate behind it". "There is no place for you here, there is no place for you in America", the governor said. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.

Part of what made the case become a federal one was that the chief suspect, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr crossed state lines, travelling from OH to Virginia. Celebrating the Confederate cause is a highly inflammatory issue in the USA because the Confederate states supported slavery. "We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump".

Just before the incident, thousands of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and right-wing protesters, as well as groups that oppose them, clashed at the Emancipation Park, the planned site of the rally. Video footage shows a silver Dodge Charger racing down the narrow street, plowing into pedestrians before slamming into two cars.

Early reports have said there are many with serious injuries.

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"White supremacists chanting Nazi slogans aren't Virginia or America, " Beyer said.

Many of those who witnessed the violence in Charlottesville would challenge him to do so again - condemn the man and his philosophy.

"The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of 'many sides, '" tweeted Virginia's attorney general, Mark Herring.

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