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USA: Charlottesville violence an 'attack on nationalist community' - far right leader03:24

USA: Charlottesville violence an 'attack on nationalist community' - far right leader

United States, Charlottesville
August 14, 2017 at 17:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

Journalist (English): "Do you have accountability for this death at all?"

SOT, Matthew Heimbach, Co-founder of Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) (English): "Not at all. These radical leftists are the ones that brought violence. They are the ones preparing for violence. They said in their chance, 'Kill the Nazis, kill the fascists'. They came prepared for war. They are the ones that tried to kill us. [Inaudible]. What happened was an attack on a nationalist community here. Also on reporters. As you are lying, as the media is lying about what happened. The media were attacked."

The co-founder of the avowedly white-nationalist group 'Traditionalist Youth Network' (TYN), Matthew Heimbach denied that the "nationalist community" was accountable for the murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer in a car ramming attack, when speaking to press outside General District Court, in Charlottesville, Monday.

Heimbach argued that "what happened was an attack on a nationalist community," as Heyer's suspected murderer James Alex Fields was due to appear at the courthouse. Fields allegedly carried out the car attack after participating in the Charlottesville rally alongside members of 'Vanguard America', a white-nationalist group who helped organise the march.

Heimbach claimed that the nationalist community "defended ourselves against thugs in a battle" before adding that "radical leftists are the ones that brought violence" and "they are the ones that tried to kill us. What happened was an attack on a nationalist community here."

The white-nationalist also accused the Charlottesville authorities of having "blood on their hands," as he defended the various far-right groups that marched in the Virginia City over the weekend.

Co-Director of the national activist network 'Showing Up for Racial Justice' (SURJ) Heather Cronk, who also spoke to press outside the courthouse, argued that the far-right groups that marched are "professional hitmen" who "are getting their instructions from folks who live and work inside the White House." Cronk singled out White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon and his colleague Donald Trump's senior advisor for policy Stephen Miller.

One person was killed and 19 more injured, when a car ploughed into counter-protesters at the far-right rally following violent clashes between anti-racists and so-called 'alt- right' activists.

The suspected driver of the car has been arrested and was later identified as 20-year-old Fields. He has since been charged with second degree murder. The attack came after hundreds of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville over the weekend to protest the decision from local authorities to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the small Virginian city.

Self-proclaimed neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalist groups, among others, gathered as part of a 'Unite the Right' rally in the centre of the town. Violence quickly broke out when anti-racists arrived to confront the group, with police going on to disperse the rallies after proclaiming a state of emergency.

US President Donald Trump has since come under fire for his response to the car ramming and the white nationalist protests, criticising violence from “many sides" while choosing not initially to condemn the far-right.

USA: Charlottesville violence an 'attack on nationalist community' - far right leader03:24
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Journalist (English): "Do you have accountability for this death at all?"

SOT, Matthew Heimbach, Co-founder of Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) (English): "Not at all. These radical leftists are the ones that brought violence. They are the ones preparing for violence. They said in their chance, 'Kill the Nazis, kill the fascists'. They came prepared for war. They are the ones that tried to kill us. [Inaudible]. What happened was an attack on a nationalist community here. Also on reporters. As you are lying, as the media is lying about what happened. The media were attacked."

The co-founder of the avowedly white-nationalist group 'Traditionalist Youth Network' (TYN), Matthew Heimbach denied that the "nationalist community" was accountable for the murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer in a car ramming attack, when speaking to press outside General District Court, in Charlottesville, Monday.

Heimbach argued that "what happened was an attack on a nationalist community," as Heyer's suspected murderer James Alex Fields was due to appear at the courthouse. Fields allegedly carried out the car attack after participating in the Charlottesville rally alongside members of 'Vanguard America', a white-nationalist group who helped organise the march.

Heimbach claimed that the nationalist community "defended ourselves against thugs in a battle" before adding that "radical leftists are the ones that brought violence" and "they are the ones that tried to kill us. What happened was an attack on a nationalist community here."

The white-nationalist also accused the Charlottesville authorities of having "blood on their hands," as he defended the various far-right groups that marched in the Virginia City over the weekend.

Co-Director of the national activist network 'Showing Up for Racial Justice' (SURJ) Heather Cronk, who also spoke to press outside the courthouse, argued that the far-right groups that marched are "professional hitmen" who "are getting their instructions from folks who live and work inside the White House." Cronk singled out White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon and his colleague Donald Trump's senior advisor for policy Stephen Miller.

One person was killed and 19 more injured, when a car ploughed into counter-protesters at the far-right rally following violent clashes between anti-racists and so-called 'alt- right' activists.

The suspected driver of the car has been arrested and was later identified as 20-year-old Fields. He has since been charged with second degree murder. The attack came after hundreds of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville over the weekend to protest the decision from local authorities to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the small Virginian city.

Self-proclaimed neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalist groups, among others, gathered as part of a 'Unite the Right' rally in the centre of the town. Violence quickly broke out when anti-racists arrived to confront the group, with police going on to disperse the rallies after proclaiming a state of emergency.

US President Donald Trump has since come under fire for his response to the car ramming and the white nationalist protests, criticising violence from “many sides" while choosing not initially to condemn the far-right.

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