Theresa May condemns ‘racism, hatred and violence’ in Virginia

Theresa May has condemned the violence which erupted in Virginia between white-supremacist groups and counter-protesters, leaving three people dead.

In a tweet from the Prime Minister’s official Twitter account, Ms May said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with #Charlottesville. The UK stands with the US against racism, hatred and violence.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn echoed this sentiment, saying: “My thoughts are with those killed and injured in #Charlottesvile standing up to racism and hatred.”

Donald Trump belatedly condemned white supremacist groups that took part in violence scenes, but only following widespread criticism after he initially spoke out against hatred on “many sides”.

A ‘Unite the Right’ demonstration over the removal of a Confederate statue in the usually quiet, liberal-leaning university town of Charlottesville attracted hundreds of members of neo-Nazi groups and several members of the Klu Klux Klan.

The white-supremacist groups clashed with counter protesters, with pepper spray reportedly used by both sides, fist fights breaking out and bottles thrown.

A car slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman named as Heather Hayer and injuring at least 25 others. James Fields, 20, from Ohio, has been charged with murder.

Another 15 people were injured in street fighting, according to local hospital reports.

A police helicopter monitoring events on the ground also crashed, killing the…

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