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Gardner, other CO politicians decry Charlottesville violence

Gardner, other CO politicians decry Charlottesville violence

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said the driver has been arrested and police are treating the incident as a criminal homicide investigation. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection for each other", Trump said.

Police ordered crowds to disperse before noon.

A spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Hospital said it treated 20 patients from the incident, and one had died. The crowds gathered in response to a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Several hundred people were peacefully marching through downtown.

He added there is no place for this kind of violence in America.

Police presence was heavy, with more than 1,000 officers expected to be deployed, city officials said.

Speaking about the disorder, US President Donald Trump said he condemned "in the strongest possible terms" what he called an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said, "It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property".

White racists calling themselves "white nationalists" started protesting in Charlottesville on Friday night, apparently drawn by efforts to remove Confederate monuments.

The violence prompted First Lady Melania Trump to call for an end to the clashes, tweeting: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts". Police anticipated the rally would attract as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people, and the Southern Poverty Law Center said it could be the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States". "No good comes from violence".

This isn't the first time this summer white nationalists, including the Ku Klux Klan, have marched in Charlottesville and at UVA.

"Do you want the support of these white nationalists groups who say they support you, Mr. President?" one reporter shouted.

Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.

Men dressed in military-style uniforms were seen carrying rifles and shields in the area.

U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad granted a preliminary injunction Friday in a lawsuit filed against Charlottesville by right-wing blogger Jason Kessler.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.