Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12.//AFP
Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12.//AFP

Death toll from violence at US far-right rally climbs to 3: city official

Breaking News August 13, 2017 07:30

By Agence France-Presse

CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States - The death toll from violence at a US far-right rally on Saturday has climbed to three, an official in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia said.



"We had folks who came here to cause mayhem and chaos and mischief that resulted in three fatalities here in the city of Charlottesville," city manager Maurice Jones said at a news conference.

One person died when a car surged into a crowd of what witnesses said was counter-demonstrators.

The victim was a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street when the car plowed into the intersection, Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas said.

The male driver has been taken into custody and police were treating the incident as a "criminal homicide," he said.

Details of the other two deaths were not immediately released.

As of late Saturday afternoon, at least 35 people had been treated for injuries, ranging from life-threatening to minor, Thomas said.

Hundreds had descended on the city either to march in or rail against a "Unite the Right Rally," a major gathering of white supremacists, nationalists and other supporters of the so-called "alt-right."

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