Quiet Sunday in Charlottesville after Protest and Counter Protests Ended Leaving 3 dead, many Injured


Published: August 12 5:55 p.m. Update: 9:03 p.m. CEST

Latest update: August 13 6:05 p.m. CEST

Heather D. Heyer was killed on Saturday when a car crashed into walking protesters at 4th and Water Streets downtown.

A day after a melee in Charlottesville atmosphere in the city calms. A journalist for the Charlottesville Tomorrow, Sean Tubbs tweets picture from the Mall, saying, “it is almost as nothing happened.” But, hours latter the same street was a ground of bigger incidents during Saturday’s rally and counter protest in the city.

The day with violence in Charlottesville ended with three people dead and many injured. Politically, comments of the U.S. President Donald Trump sparked national debate and provoked numbers of social media reactions all over the country, not only in Virginia.

Sadly, political turbulence in this quiet Virginia city erupted yesterday and brought state wide and national attention of the media. Several years after Ferguson when riot police confronted protesters, the police intervention to stop disturbances in Charlottesville ended in vain.

A dark grey 2010 Dodge Challenger driven by James Alex Fields Jr. plowed into protesting crowd, but police arrested him on Monticello Avenue and later charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run, the Daily Progress explains.

On Sunday, authorities identified that a victim, who was pronounced dead by the University of Virginia Medical Center is 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer of Charlottesville. Heyer was killed on Saturday when a car crashed into walking protesters at 4th and Water Streets downtown.

Daily Progress reported that rally organizer Jason Kesslers said in an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday evening that driving a car into a group of counter-protesters was “the wrong thing.”

Heyer was not only fatality in yesterday’s protests and counter protests in Charlottesville. A helicopter that was overflying the area for public safety reasons crashed  near Birdwood Golf Course in Albemarle County. Two state troopers died.

“The pilot, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, of Quinton, died at the scene,” the Daily Progress reported. At least 35 people received medical help.

One died and 19 are injured after a car plows into a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Associated Press cites hospital officials. A driver of the car who plowed into the crowd is in custody, the AP reports.

A car plows into the protesters who protest against the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, according to videos posted on Twitter on August 12. According to Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, at least one dead after car plows into protesters.

Brawls continue between protesters and counter-protesters. Videos available on Twitter shows people screaming after a car plows into a walking crowd. People screamed for emergency services and it was not immediately clear about the number of injured.

The U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the violence that is happening in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump condemned, “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” shortly after unconfirmed information about dead person during protest and counter-protests in Charlottesville. Trump spoke with Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe. Earlier, Trump tweeted, “there is no place for this kind of violence in America.’

First lady Melania Trump joined the president, saying that “no good comes from violence.”

“Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts,” the first lady said.

The Associated Press reports, “Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. At least one person was arrested.”

The city of Charlottesville and Albermarle County declared a local emergency before the official start of the “Unite the Right” rally scheduled at noon, the Daily Progress writes. Police in the city said the declaration allows request of additional resources to handle possible difficulties.

Two people are injured after an altercation close to the Emancipation Park at about 10:30 a.m. local time. Police estimated “2,000 to 6,000 people would attend the gathering of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, alt-right activists and pro-Confederacy groups. Thousands more counter-protesters were also anticipated,” the USA Today writes. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe put the Virginia National Guard on standby.

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