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State of emergency declared over U.S. far-right rally

State of emergency declared over U.S. far-right rally

The city has declared a local emergency.

GOP New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Saturday she was asking her state residents to pray for the victims in Charlottesville and to condemn "the white supremacists responsible for this cowardly attack". "I think people need to be more peaceful".

"You are not wanted in this great commonwealth".

"The acts and rhetoric in Charlottesville over past 24 hours are unacceptable and must stop".

President Donald Trump addressed the rally as well, delivering remarks from New Jersey to condemn "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

"Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama", he added.

As president of the United States, Trump answers to all citizens.

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Shortly after the rally had been canceled in Charlottesville, a auto rammed into people in a street as they appeared to be leaving a counterprotest rally. The incident resulted in the death of one person and injuries to 19. Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash.

About the vicious vehicle attack, Mayor Mike Signer made the announcement on Twitter, saying he was "heartbroken that a life has been lost here".

UPDATE 12:45 PM ET: The governor of Virginia has since called a state of emergency over the violence in the city and the National Guard has been called into action.

Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays.

Earlier Saturday, police used tear gas and smoke bombs in an attempt to break up the fights. University officials condemned the gathering.

The violence broke out ahead of the "Unite the Right" rally by white supremacists protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee from a park in the college town of Charlottesville, 256 kilometres from Virginia. Lee commanded the Confederate forces in the US Civil War of 1861-65.

Some observers also argue that Mr Trump's election to the White House re-energised the far right across the US. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. "OGH" - Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Twitter.

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"@POTUS needs to speak out against the poisonous resurgence of white supremacy".

"Trump rejected that notion and talked about violence 'from many sides, '" another Stormfront commenter replid.

Alt-right activists marched in a torch-lit rally late Friday through the University of Virginia campus and clashed with rival protesters, CNN reported. Officials said the incident may have been linked to the rally held earlier in the day; however, it was not immediately clear how the crash was connected. "And we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country".

Trump blamed all sides for the hatred that "has been going on for a long time in our country".

Vice President Mike Pence had also remained quiet until Trump tweeted his message Saturday, at which pointed the vice president appended it with a note urging people to "join together & oppose those seeking to divide us".

"I'm not going to make any bones about it".

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