Utah lawmakers denounce violence in Virginia

Ryan M. Kelly, Associated Press

A vehicle reverses after driving into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers were quick Saturday to denounce the violence in Charlottesville, where one person was killed and dozens more injured when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally.

The deaths of two others in a helicopter crash were also linked to the rally by police.

The crash happened nearly two hours after violent confrontations between hundreds of protestors and counter-protestors.

“Bigotry and racism have no place in our society. We condemn such acts in the strongest terms,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said from his Twitter account.

In a second tweet, he thanked the governor of Virginia for “swiftly and thoroughly denouncing the violence and hatred at this rally.”

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