NAZI MOB'S DEADLY RAMPAGE; Trump under Fire for Refusing to Condemn White Supremacists

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NAZI MOB'S DEADLY RAMPAGE; Trump under Fire for Refusing to Condemn White Supremacists


Byline: From Tom Leonard in New York

VIOLENCE has erupted in the US as bloody clashes between white supremacists and protesters left three dead.

Brandishing swastika banners and chanting 'Jews will not replace us', hundreds of white nationalists fought counter-demonstrators as police armed with tear gas failed to quell the violence.

One woman was killed when a car ploughed into protesters opposing the far-Right marchers at high speed - sending protesters flying through the air - while two police officers monitoring the trouble in Charlottesville, Virginia, died after their helicopter crashed.

Donald Trump was last night accused of condoning white-supremacist violence with a mealy-mouthed response to the trouble.

Theresa May condemned the chaos, tweeting: 'The UK stands with the US against racism, hatred and violence.' Paralegal Heather Heyer was killed on Saturday when the Dodge Challenger accelerated into a crowd, sending bodies flying and knocking other vehicles into them, before reversing at high speed.

The 32-year-old's mother said: 'She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.' Prosecutors charged James Fields, 20, with second-degree murder and three counts of malicious wounding over the incident.

Photos revealed Fields, of Ohio, had marched in Charlottesville on Saturday with white-nationalist group Vanguard America. It last night insisted he was not a member.

Marcus Martin's leg was broken in the crash after he pushed his fiancee Marissa Blair out of the car's path. The 26-year-old was thrown over the vehicle before it backed over him as it reversed. Miss Blair, 27, said: 'He saved me then he was under the car.' The violence was sparked by the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, commander of pro-slavery Confederate forces in the Civil War. White supremacists exploited the row to campaign to 'save white culture'.

Similar memorials have been taken down across the South amid protests they are offensive to African-Americans. …

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