Charlottesville: One killed in violence over US far-right rally

One person has died and 19 others were injured when a car rammed a crowd of people opposing a far-right rally in the US state of Virginia, police say.

Earlier, street brawls erupted between white nationalists planning to attend the march and counter-protesters.

The mayor of Charlottesville, where the now-cancelled rally was taking place, said he was “heartbroken” at the death.

President Donald Trump has condemned the violence, and local officials have declared a state of emergency.

The “Unite the Right” march was called to protest against plans to remove a statue of a general who had fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War.

In addition to those injured in the car incident, the Charlottesville Police Department said 15 were injured in other violence related to the far-right march.

Separately, there were reports of a police helicopter crashing near a woods in the city, however, there has been no indication that this was related to the violence.

 

BBC

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