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One Killed in Car Attack at “Unite the Right” Rally

Overview

The Unite the Right Rally was an alt-right, neo-Nazi and white nationalist demonstration held in Charlottesville, Virginia’s Emancipation Park in mid-August 2017. During the event, a car struck several attendees, killing one and injuring 19.

Background

On the evening of August 11th, 100 Unite the Right protesters marched on the University of Virginia campus while carrying tiki torches and chanting slogans such as “you will not replace us” and “white lives matter.” That evening the news site Daily Progress posted an article about the march, which included a widely circulated photograph of the attendees (shown below).


The following day, United the Right protesters clashed with Antifa and Black Lives Matter counter protesters at Emancipation Park. That morning, Virginia government subsequently declared a state of emergency and shut down the assembly as unlawful. Violence between protesters and counter protesters subsequently broke out.

Developments

Airbnb Cancellations

Prior to the event, the website Airbnb cancelled the account of several known attendees of the rally for violating part of the site’s contract to “accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.”

Car Attack

During the event, a gray Dodge Challenger rammed into the back of a vehicle into a group of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19. The driver was subsequently arrested.

Police Helicopter Crash

Meanwhile, a police helicopter crashed in the woods near the city, in which two people were killed.


Donald Trump’s Response

That day, Donald Trump held a press conference addressing the event, saying “We condemn in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides (shown below).

That evening, Trump tweeted his condolences to the family of the woman killed by the car attack (shown below).


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