Bay Area responds to violence in Virginia with peaceful protests

Protesters gathered over the weekend in the Bay Area with mostly peaceful protests to decry the violence spurred by a white nationalist rally in Virginia on Saturday where one woman died and two state troopers assigned to the governor's detail were killed in a helicopter crash.

The gatherings occurred across the country and had large attendances in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland. Oakland police reported no injuries, arrests or major events on Sunday night. On Saturday, there was a  group of about 100 people blocked Interstate 580, west of Grand Avenue.

The group, Bay Area United Against White Supremacy, placed the blame for the violence in Charlottesville on President Trump.

Many say the comments from the president, who did not specifically condemn the neo-Nazis and blamed the violence on "many sides," did not go far enough in denouncing the violence.

USF Political Science Professor James Taylor said, "I think the President's statement was generic and non-specific intentionally because he didn't want to alienate the sort of hard right element of his base, so any President could have given the same comments related to any generic incident in the United States".

But the former President of California's Republican Party, Tom del Beccaro, spoke out in support of the president: "Like a parent of many children who finally says to them spatting ,enough by all of you. That's a good step for this president".

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