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A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting dozens more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation.Virginia state police said one of their agency's helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers. Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The crash happened just a few hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally. White nationalists and their opponents promoted the event for weeks.On the other side, anti-fascist demonstrators also gathered in Charlottesville, but they generally aren't organized like white nationalist factions, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center.In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices.
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