Allentown rally scheduled in response to Virginia violence

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 13, 2017

It was not immediately clear how the crash was connected to the rally.

Police said Lieutenant H Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash. One person was killed and at least two dozen were hurt.

A white nationalist rally turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12.

Though earlier in the day Trump billed Saturday's event as a press conference, the President declined to respond to shouted question that would have allowed him to directly take on white nationalists. Police said they are investigating the cause of the crash.

Spencer said he recommended that people should disperse after the state of emergency was declared.

Trump has long tiptoed around the issue of white supremacy and has yet to provide a full-throttled rebuke of those who invoke his name.

A witness who filmed the auto crash said he saw the vehicle build up speed before ramming the crowd.

Graphic video released of the incident reveals a 2010 gray Doge Challenger going full speed into a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying in the air then putting the vehicle in reverse and going back in the direction it came from, hitting more bystanders.

The auto ran into a group of people protesting against the white supremacist march, and the driver has been arrested, according to eye-witnesses said.

"The auto was travelling at (65km/h), hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn't do anything".

In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a night-time protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group travelled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.

"I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today", he told reporters.

Trump stepped to the podium at his New Jersey golf resort and read a statement on the clashes, pinning the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". This has been going on for a long time in our country...

"No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all American first. There is no place here for you".

Skirmishes broke out between white nationalists and protesters who condemned the rally as racist and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to marshal additional resources.

Earlier, police evacuated a downtown park as rally-goers and counterprotesters traded blows and hurled bottles and chemical irritants at one another, putting an end to the noon rally before it officially began.

Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns.

Charlottesville has become a flash point for white nationalists and protesters seeking to counter them since a City Council vote in February to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park formerly called Lee Park but renamed in June as Emancipation Park. Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.

Hundreds of protesters marched in California to decry racism in the wake of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia.

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