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    White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia, on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S

    Charlottesville Violence Prompts Heated Debate Online: Trump to Blame or Not?

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

    A major rally of white nationalists protesting the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee took place on Saturday, in Charlottesville, US. The protest campaign subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counter-protesters.

    During the clashes between the two camps, a car rammed into the crowd and caused multiple injuries among rallying people. In another deadly incident, a helicopter crashed near Charlottesville, killing two people, according to Virginia state police.

    Commenting on the deadly events, Trump strongly condemned the racially-provoked violence in Charlottesville, saying the events were a "display of hatred, bigotry and violence."

    At the same time, the US president didn't put the blame on any particular group.

    Several Republican senators, like, for example, Texan Senator Ted Cruz, have condemned the recent events in the city of Charlottesville as an act of "domestic terrorism," and called for investigation in the matter.

    Some of them, including US Republican Senator Cory Gardner, urged US President Donald Trump to "call evil by its name" and pursue a tougher policy toward far-right nationalist groups.

    US Democratic Senator for Colorado Michael Bennet, in his turn, has called on President Donald Trump to denounce white nationalism.

    The American public has also strongly condemned the events in Charlottesville.

    Their opinions with regard to Trump's guilt and responsibility for the violence outbreak are divided.

    Some social media users said that Trump bears a part of the blame for what happened because of his controversial rhetoric on racial and migrant issues that could have provoked the violence.

    Others believe that the rise of nationalist movements has nothing to do with Trump's policies.

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


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