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AFP: Head of main US labor union leaves Trump panel over Charlottesville response

AFP: Head of main US labor union leaves Trump panel over Charlottesville response

16 August 2017 | 01:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. The president of the main US labor union resigned from Donald Trump's council on manufacturing Tuesday, saying the US president's response to violent white supremacists in Charlottesville meant he tolerated "bigotry and domestic terrorism", AFP reported.
"We cannot sit on a council for a President who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement announcing his immediate resignation from the panel.
"President Trump's remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis. We must resign on behalf of America's working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups."
Earlier, Trump had angrily responded to questions over whether his reaction to the weekend's rally that ended in bloodshed had fallen short, to which he again said there was "blame on both sides."

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AFP: Trump on Charlottesville violence: 'Blame on both sides'

AFP: Trump on Charlottesville violence: 'Blame on both sides'

16 August 2017 | 00:17 | FOCUS News Agency
New York. US President Donald Trump angrily lashed out Tuesday at questions about his response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides", AFP reported.
"There are two sides to a story," Trump told reporters at Trump Tower in New York, where he was presenting infrastructure measures.
When asked why he waited until Monday to explicitly condemn hate groups present in Charlottesville, Trump said he wanted to be careful not to make a "quick statement" without all the facts.
He called the suspected Nazi sympathizer who plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead, a "disgrace to himself, his family and this country."
The president also defended his controversial far-right chief strategist Steve Bannon, saying: "I like Mr Bannon. He's a friend of mine... He is a good man. He is not a racist."

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VOA: FBI Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Death at White Supremacist Rally

VOA: FBI Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Death at White Supremacist Rally

13 August 2017 | 09:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. The FBI, the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s office have opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car ramming during a protest against a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, Voice of America reported.
Virginia’s governor told white supremacists Saturday, who had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, to “go home” after three people were killed in violence at a rally and in a helicopter crash that police linked to the protest.
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after fights broke out between armor-clad, shield-carrying white nationalist demonstrators and similarly armed counterprotesters in Charlottesville.
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Sputnik: US Police Arrest 3 Individuals Over Far-Right Rally in Charlottesville

Sputnik: US Police Arrest 3 Individuals Over Far-Right Rally in Charlottesville

13 August 2017 | 08:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Charlottesville. Three men have been arrested over the far-right demonstration in the US city of Charlottesville which had lead to violence and casualties, the police of Virginia state said in a statement Sunday, Sputnik reported.
On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists dubbed "Unite the Right" which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counterprotesters. Earlier in the day, Charlottesville police said James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses over the ramming attack perpetrated amid the violence.
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