Woman dies as car drives into protest

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD -

SEVEN­TEEN Bri­tish Army in­struc­tors have been charged with com­mit­ting hor­rific as­saults on teenage re­cruits in the Armed Forces’ biggestever abuse case, Lon­don’s The Mail on Sun­day re­ported.

The al­leged abuse in­cludes in­struc­tors push­ing re­cruits’ heads un­der water un­til they choked and forc­ing an­i­mal ex­cre­ment into their mouths dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise.

The veter­ans face a to­tal of 40 charges of bat­tery, ill- treat­ment and ac­tual bod­ily harm and could be jailed if found guilty. They will ap­pear at a mil­i­tary court next month. KUWAIT says an oil spill has struck its wa­ters in the Per­sian Gulf.

Kuwait’s state- run KUNA news agency re­ported at the week­end that emer­gency re­spon­ders were work­ing to­ward con­tain­ing the spill near Kuwait’s south­ern Ras al- Zour area. Of­fi­cials wanted to pro­tect wa­ter­ways, power plants and water fa­cil­i­ties first, then clean sur­round­ing beaches.

Au­thor­i­ties said they sus­pected the oil came from a tanker in the Gulf. There was no im­me­di­ate es­ti­mate of the size of the spill. A CAR has ploughed into a crowd of peo­ple peace­fully protest­ing a white na­tion­al­ist rally in Vir­ginia, killing a 32year- old woman and in­jur­ing more than a dozen oth­ers.

The hor­rific in­ci­dent came as ten­sions boiled over in Char­lottesville yes­ter­day, af­ter a se­ries of vi­o­lent con­fronta­tions.

And shortly af­ter­wards, a po­lice he­li­copter mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion crashed just out­side the city, killing two of­fi­cers, turn­ing an al­ready tragic day even darker.

Vir­ginia Gov­er­nor Terry McAuliffe de­clared a state of emer­gency and po­lice dressed in riot gear or­dered peo­ple out.

The group had gath­ered to protest plans to re­move a statue of Con­fed­er­ate Gen­eral Robert E Lee, and oth­ers ar­rived to protest.

Matt Kor­bon, a 22- yearold Univer­sity of Vir­ginia stu­dent, said sev­eral hun­dred counter- pro­test­ers were march­ing when “sud­denly there was just this tyre screech­ing sound”. A sil­ver Dodge Chal­lenger smashed into an­other car, then backed up, bar­relling through “a sea of peo­ple”. The im­pact hurled peo­ple into the air. Those left stand­ing scat­tered, scream­ing and run­ning for safety.

The driver was later iden­ti­fied by po­lice as James Alex Fields Jr of Ohio. Po­lice said Fields, 20, had been charged with sec­ond- de­gree mur­der, three counts of ma­li­cious wound­ing, and one count re­lated to leav­ing the scene.

The De­part­ment of Jus­tice an­nounced the open­ing of a fed­eral civil rights in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deadly car at­tack. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions said that the FBI’s Richmond field of­fice and Rick Mount­cas­tle, the US At­tor­ney for the Western District of Vir­ginia, would lead the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The vi­o­lence and deaths in Char­lottesville strike at the heart of Amer­i­can law and jus­tice,” Mr Ses­sions said. “When such ac­tions arise from racial big­otry and ha­tred, they be­tray our core val­ues and can­not be tol­er­ated.”

City of­fi­cials said the car col­li­sion left 19 peo­ple in­jured and said they treated 35 pa­tients al­to­gether.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­demned “in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms” what he called an “egre­gious dis­play of ha­tred, big­otry and vi­o­lence on many sides” af­ter the clashes.

But some of the white na­tion­al­ists cited Mr Trump’s vic­tory as val­i­da­tion for their be­liefs, and Mr Trump’s crit­ics pointed to the Pres­i­dent’s racially tinged rhetoric as ex­ploit­ing the na­tion’s fes­ter­ing racial ten­sion.

“We are in a very dan­ger­ous place right now,” the Rev­erend Jesse Jackson said.

HOR­RIFIC: Peo­ple fly into the air as a ve­hi­cle drives into a group of pro­test­ers demon­strat­ing against a white na­tion­al­ist rally in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia. Pic­ture: AP

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