Charlottesville mayor confirms 1 death, urges protesters to 'go home'

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A white nationalist rally turned violent in the city of Charlottesville, United States, on Saturday, with a vehicle ramming into a number of people who were protesting peacefully against the demonstration.

In social media messages Saturday afternoon the group is calling for people to meet at the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street, the epicenter of many street protests in Oakland in recent years. "We have so many great things going on in our country, when I watch Charlottesville, to me it's very, very sad".

The troopers were killed when their helicopter crashed in a wooded area in Albemarle County near Charlottesville just before 5 p.m.

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Officials said there is no indication of foul play and that the cause of the crash remains under investigation by state police, the FAA and NTSB.

The President's words contrast starkly with those of Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, who angrily addressed the "white supremacists and Nazis" who came to the state for the protest, saying: "Go home ..."

Several hundred counter-demonstrators were marching through the university town for a second day in opposition to a crowd of some 6,000 people attending a right-wing rally when the vehicle struck.

Speaking at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, President Donald Trump spoke about the violence at a previously scheduled press conference about veterans' healthcare and said we have to "heal the wounds of our country".

Republican Delaware Senator Cory Gardner, in a tweet, told the president "we must call evil by its name".

The FBI announced late Saturday evening it would open a civil rights investigation into the circumstances around "the deadly vehicular incident", ABC News reported.

White nationalists carry torches around a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia, on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 11, 2017.

But men like David Duke, possibly the most famous white nationalist, directly tied Saturday's protests to Trump. Police said the helicopter was helping to monitor the rally in Charlottesville.

Among those expected to attend the rally were Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism. But critics call it an overtly racist symbol of slavery.

Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign previous year. The city voted to remove the statue earlier this year, but it remains in Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park. The injuries are described as serious, but non-life-threatening.

Several hundred protesters were marching in a long line when the auto drove into a group of them. He pointedly attacked Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, for his speech at the Democratic National Committee that challenged his understanding of the Constitution, suggested federal Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel was unable to be impartial because of his Mexican heritage and said in a CNN interview that then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" after she questioned him at a debate.

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