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One killed after car ploughs into anti-white nationalist protesters in Virginia

One person has died and 19 others were injured after a car ploughed into a group of anti-white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

University of Virginia Medical Centre spokeswoman Angela Taylor confirmed the death, while t he mayor of Charlottesville Michael Signer said via Twitter that he is "heartbroken" to announce that a "life has been lost".

Witnesses said a car ploughed into a crowd of people who were protesting against a rally held by white nationalists who oppose the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee by civic officials in Charlottesville.

The city had been the scene of violent clashes between the nationalists and counter-protesters earlier.

Speaking in New Jersey, US president Donald Trump condemned "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in Virginia.

He added: "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives."

And the US leader added that Americans must come together "with love for our nation ... and true affection for each other".

A state official later said the male driver of a car is in police custody.


From Belfast Telegraph