charlottesville - In riots between extreme right-wing groups and counter-demonstrators, tens of thousands of people were injured in Charlottesville on Saturday. A woman died after a car was taken on a protest march.
Since Friday, nationalists, supporters of so-called alt-right and neonazi gathered in Charlottesville. They protested against plans to remove a statue from General Robert E. Lee, the captain of the southern states in the US Civil War (1861-1865).
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On Saturday there were violent confrontations between extreme right-wing groups and counter-protesters. A car drove on a protest march of counter protesters. A 32-year-old woman died and nineteen people were injured, five of whom were in critical condition.
The perpetrator, a 20 year old man from Ohio, has been arrested. He is charged with murder. In the event of erections at other places in the city another fifteen people were injured.
Eventually, the authorities banned the meeting of the right-wing protesters and evacuated the park they met. The governor of Virginia announced the state of emergency in Charlottesville.
In addition to the protests, a police helicopter collapsed outside the city. The two occupants came to life. The police are investigating the cause of the accident.
President Donald Trump has condemned the violence. He spoke of 'violence from many sides' and called for mutual respect and charity. The verdict led him to criticize among others members of his own party. They deny the fact that Trump does not explicitly condemn extreme right-wing groups.