Saturday, August 12, 2017
Charlottesville right-wing terror event: Trump urged to single out white supremacists, neo-Nazis
GOP Senators and House members are calling upon President Donald Trump to publicly disavow white supremacists or white supremacy ideology and neo-Nazism tonight, after one woman was killed by a “vehicle” rampage apparently driven by a white supremacist today (the last allegation needs to be verified). CNN’s story is here. The suspect is James Alex Fields from Ohio, charged with Second Degree Murder.
I was rather surprised to see the news this morning and note the violence of the demonstrations pick up, with police presence, resulting in cancellation of the march.
The motive for the demonstration had been related to a decision in the city to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park in Charlottesville. There is an argument that the statute is part of history.
The UVa Cavalier Daily has video of the incident here.
The Charlottesville Daily Progress has an account here, by time. The incident apparently happened at about 1:30 PM. I was in a movie theater, and did not learn of the event until later, after I got home, after 5 PM. I encountered some friends about 4:30 and the event was not mentioned.
Charlottesville is supposed to celebrate gay pride in the park Sept. 16, 2017.
Needless to say, the country still has to be very focused on North Korea.