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    Charlottesville Violence During Pro-Confederate Protest in US' Virginia (68)

    US Republican Senator Cory Gardner on Saturday urged US President Donald Trump to "call evil by its name" after a rash of violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a rally organized by members of alt-right, white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In a short statement, Trump strongly condemned the racially-charged violence in Charlottesville, saying the events were "display of hatred, bigotry and violence," but refrained from putting the blame on any particular group.

    On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists protesting the removal of a monument dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally, dubbed Unite the Right, which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counter-protesters and culminated in the car ramming attack.

    In response to the clashes, Governor of the US state of Virginia Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville. At least three people died as a result of the events, McAuliffe said.

    A number of senators, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott, have condemned Charlottesville violence as an act of "domestic terrorism."

    Charlottesville Violence During Pro-Confederate Protest in US' Virginia (68)
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