Protests Erupt Across the Country Against Violence in Va. White Nationalist Rally

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Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers to monitor crowds at the rally. Suspect identified as officials say 3 deaths linked to violent protest in Charlottesville Hundreds gathered in downtown Oakland carrying signs proclaiming "Solidarity Forever", and "White Supremacy Is Terror".

Three people were killed and dozens injured Saturday in the small college town in Virginia after tensions boiled over at a white supremacist rally.

Part of what made the case become a federal one was that the chief suspect, 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr, crossed state lines, travelling from OH to Virginia.

Twenty-year-old James Fields from OH, the alleged driver of the auto, is in detention on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared an emergency and halted the rally, while United States President Donald Trump said "many sides" were involved in the incident.

Early reports have said there are many with serious injuries.

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Although a few cars were held up by the march, police said the rally was peaceful and there were no arrests. The white nationalists claimed "white history" is being erased and they're being "persecuted" for being white. "We are extremely distressed and dismayed by the actions of those who acted in ignorance and hate, and we condemn those actions in the strongest of terms".

The person who died when a vehicle smashed into the crowd, there were also the pilot and a passenger in a state police helicopter that crashed outside the city, Xinhua quoted Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as saying.

President Donald Trump has come under fire, including from fellow Republicans, for his apparent refusal to criticize far-right hate groups.

However, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who was on the scene in Charlottesville, condemned the President's statement, tweeting that "our people were peacefully assembling" but were attacked by "radical leftists".

"I can't believe we are still protesting Nazi's", said Larisa Roberts.

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