2 dead as helicopter crashes about 7 miles from Charlottesville, Va.

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 13, 2017

Following clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday, Virginia governor Terry McCauliffe declared a state of emergency.

"Were closely following the bad events unfolding inCharlottesville, Virginia", President Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and ... true affection for each other", Trump says. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time.

"We are in a very risky place right now", he said. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.

"No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society".

"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts, " the first lady said.

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.

McAuliffe said at a news conference earlier in the day that three people had died, apparently a reference to the woman who died in the vehicle crash and the two victims of the helicopter crash.

The driver was arrested.

State Police said Saturday that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near a home.

President Donald Trump called the series of events bad, but was criticized for not providing a full-throated condemnation of the white nationalist elements of the protests, which included former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke and white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.

"She demanded the FBI open an investigation into the violence".

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

A United the Right rally planned for noon in a park in downtown Charlottesville has been canceled and the racist protesters were forced out.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted, "We reject hate & bigotry in our communities".

In New York City, Union Square was packed with people holding signs, some of which read "No To Racism and Bigotry" and "Impeach".

The violence we've witnessed today is not who we are as a country. He later blamed hatred "on many sides" for the violence, prompting a furious backlash from some leading Republicans.

Trump was criticized by members of both political parties for not specifying white nationalists in his comments about the violence in Charlottesville.

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