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Three dead as violence erupts at United States rally

Three dead as violence erupts at United States rally

The violence in Charlottesville is the latest clash between far-rightists, some of whom have claimed allegiance to Trump, and the president's opponents since his inauguration in January, when black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests.

People threw punches, hurled water bottles and used pepper spray during the violence as riot police were deployed to try to disperse the crowds.

That's according to officials at the nearby University of Virginia hospital. Last night's march was only a prelude to a much larger rally planned for today, ostensibly to protest the removal of Confederate symbols and statues from the city's public spaces.

Several hours earlier, prior to the report of the vehicle into the crowd, Gardner also tweeted about the hatred shown had no place in our country.

He added there is no place for this kind of violence in America.

"Islam teaches self-restraint as the best speech", Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, said in a written statement.

During a press conference on Saturday, Trump said, "No matter our color, creed, region or political party, we are all Americans first".

Kessler organized the Saturday rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.

Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash, Virginia State Police reports. With officials anxious about potential violence, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has put the National Guard on alert and more Virginia State Police are expected to be deployed that at any time in recent decades.

Armed militia members are also present, reportedly aligned with the Unite the Right rally and presenting a looming threat of even greater violence.

Mr Signer said: 'I'm not going to make any bones about it.

Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6,000 people, Charlottesville police said this week. Bennet also tweeted that Trump should denounce white supremacy and took issue with Trump's phrasing that there was violence "on many sides". "No good comes from violence". The driver floored the vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, striking pedestrians. Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.

White nationalists, neo-Nazis, members of the "alt-right", and other groups who believe white Americans are being persecuted will gather for the Unite the Right rally in the park, formerly known as Lee Park, on Saturday.