Country Risk

Riots and car ramming indicate mounting risks associated with organised violent US left- and right-wing movements

14 August 2017


On 12 August, a suspected neo-Nazi deliberately drove a vehicle into a group of people protesting against the "Unite the Right" demonstration staged by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, killing one and wounding 19.

A 20-year-old white suspect was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Despite the suspect appearing in uniform of the Vanguard America, a neo-Nazi group, it remains unclear whether the assailant acted alone or colluded with others. The group has denied the suspect was a member. The right-wing demonstration was held to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, a move that had previously prompted protests in other cities like Orlando, Florida, on 15 May and Richmond, Virginia, on 13–14 May.

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