Local leaders react to Charlottesville violence

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While a group of counter-protesters were walking through the streets, a silver Dodge Challenger charged through the crowd, smashed into another auto, backed up and then barreled back out of the street. "Shame on you", McAuliffe said at a press conference Saturday. There is no place for this kind of violence in America.

Although a few cars were held up by the march, police say the demonstration is peaceful and there have been no arrests.

On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists dubbed "Unite the Right" which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counter protesters.

The group, which is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in a decade, were protesting plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregiousdisplay of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

The car's driver, James Alex Fields Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

The FBI and federal prosecutors said they've began a civil rights investigation after a auto crashed into a crowd Saturday in Charlottesville.

His messages came about an hour after first lady Melania Trump addressed the tense protests taking place in Charlottesville.

The University of Virginia Health System said it was treating 19 injured people from the crash, five of whom were in critical condition.

Fellow Republicans Chuck Grassley and Marco Rubio are also calling Trump out, the latter saying that it is "very important for the nation to hear [The President] describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists".

One woman was killed when a sports auto rammed into a crowd of protestors at the Charlottesville Downtown mall.

Addressing reporters, Trump refused to name white supremacists or any specific group, blaming the violence "on many sides".

Two Virginia policeman died in a helicopter crash nearby after assisting efforts to quell the clashes. "We're renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the American worker". "Lets come together as one!"

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