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ADL Warned About Charlottesville, Now Mobilizes After Violence

ADL Warned About Charlottesville, Now Mobilizes After Violence

White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Monday, 14 August 2017 03:31 PM EDT

The Anti-Defamation League, which for months warned about possible violence at the Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally, is now mobilizing to combat the fallout following the rally.

The 'Unite the Right' rally was held Saturday to protest the removal of a Confederate statue from Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park), with around 500 white nationalists and white supremacists in attendance, and more than double that number of counter-protesters, NPR reported.

During the rally Saturday, violence broke out between the white nationalists and Antifa counter-protesters, and a car driven by a white nationalist plowed into counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 other people.

James Alex Fields, 20, the driver of the car, has been charged with second-degree murder. It is still unclear whether Fields intended to harm counter-protesters or was trying to get away from them, The New York Times reported.

The ADL called on President Donald Trump in an email to fire anyone in his administration who does not strongly "reject white nationalism" and asked Trump to work with the Justice Department and Congress to "combat extremism."

It also was circulating a petition urging the president to "publicly and unequivocally disavow white supremacy."

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The Anti-Defamation League, which for months warned about possible violence at the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, is now mobilizing to combat the fallout following the rally.
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