Civil rights inquiry opened in connection with civil right activist’s death at Charlottesville rally

White House condemns violence after president criticised over muted response to march by white nationalists in Virginia

The US Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of a woman killed this weekend when a car smashed into anti-racism protesters. The move came as politicians from all sides rounded on Donald Trump for failing to explicitly condemn white supremacy groups or label the violence domestic terrorism.

On Saturday the president had condemned hatred and violence on “many sides” in his remarks but had not directly singled out the white supremacists whose attempt to hold a major rally in Charlottesville, Virginia resulted in the governor’s calling a state of emergency. Disorder including clashes with counterprotesters left more than 30 injured.

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