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Merkel calls out ‘naked racism’ in Charlottesville as ‘repulsive’

Greg Nash

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend as “evil” and “disgusting,” according to report by Agence France Press.

Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel was shocked by the rally that left one woman dead and dozens injured after a white supremacist rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statue turned violent.

“The scenes at the right-wing extremist march were absolutely repulsive — naked racism, anti-Semitism and hate in their most evil form were on display,” Siebert said.

“Such images and chants are disgusting wherever they may be and they are diametrically opposed to the political goals of the chancellor and the entire German government,” he added.

A 20-year-old from Ohio identified as James Alex Fields Jr., who was pictured taking part in one of the white supremacist rallies, allegedly drove into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others.

This came a day after Tiki-torch carrying members of white supremacist groups marched on the University of Virginia, where they surrounded a statue of Thomas Jefferson. 

Siebert said Merkel supported peaceful opposition to neo-Nazi groups.

He added that he is unaware of any connection between the protesters in Charlottesville and German neo-Nazi groups.


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