German government condemns ‘repulsive’ Virginia far-right violence

August 14, 2017 10:30 pm

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert

The German government has denounced as “absolutely repulsive” a deadly white supremacist rally in the US state of Virginia, expressing support for peaceful counter-protesters.
The spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, made the remarks on Monday after a weekend rally by far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent when thousands of Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists clashed with groups that opposed them.
A woman lost her life and 19 people sustained injuries when a vehicle rammed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters. Two state police officers also died in a helicopter crash near the area.
“The scenes at the right-wing extremist march were absolutely repulsive — naked racism … and hate in their most evil form were on display,” Seibert said.
“Such images and chants are disgusting wherever they may be and they are diametrically opposed to the political goals of the chancellor and the entire German government,” he added.

Flowers and a photo of car ramming victim Heather Heyer lie at a makeshift memorial in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 13, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

The spokesman said Merkel stood in solidarity “with those who peacefully oppose such aggressive, far-right views,” and also underlined “how much the chancellor regrets the death of a woman who fell victim” to “an evil attack” by a car driver.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched across the United States on Monday to condemn widespread racism in the country following the deadly Charlottesville rally and the ensuing car incident.

People gather to protest the alt-right movement and to mourn the victims of Sunday’s rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by AFP)

The demonstrators denounced fascism and called for the removal of Confederate monuments, which initially prompted the violent rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville.
US President Donald Trump came under bipartisan criticism after he failed to explicitly condemn the white nationalists for their role in the deadly protest.
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