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Photos: Tucsonans march against racism in wake of Charlottesville killing

Around 1,500 people slogged through the August heat in Downtown Tucson on Sunday to express "love and support" from our community in response to a bloody rally in Charlottesville, Va., a day earlier.

In Charlottesville, a motley crowd of hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the self-proclaimed "alt-right" descended on the college town, leading to flares of violence, including a man from Ohio allegedly plowing his Dodge Challenger into another car amidst a crowd of anti-fascist protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer on Saturday. 

The driver was later identified as James Alex Fields, an apparent white supremacist, who was arrested on suspicion of murdering the Charlottesville resident.

In Tucson, hundreds gathered at Hotel Congress before they marched, then walked beneath the Fourth Avenue underpass and along the street until they turned east on University Boulevard and headed toward the University of Arizona campus.

Near the UA, the marchers made stops at the Islamic Center of Tucson, the African American Student Affairs Center, and the Hillel Foundation.

Many of signs and protest slogans at what was billed as the "March Against White Supremacy And Racism" focused on the inclusion of neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally. 

Clad in black and carrying a megaphone, one women chanted,"Any time, any place, hit a Nazi in the face." 

Another man used a skateboard to flit back and forth with a sign also advocating clearing out Nazis, while a third man carried a handwritten sign reading "Three Reichs, you're out." 

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Others carried signs decrying "white power" groups, including one woman who carried a sign reading "White supremacy is not an American value." 

Many of the signs also focused on Trump, protesting his administration and tying him to the support he has received from extreme right-wing groups, including self-proclaimed Nazis.

While many conservative Republicans, including Arizona's GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, specifically denounced the Nazi rally in no uncertain terms, both the Tucson marchers and many national GOP figures criticized Trump for dodging the issue and not describing the fatal attack as "terrorism," nor referring to white supremacists.

"We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home," said U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

McCain said we must "defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry while Flake tweeted that "The #WhiteSupremacy in #Charlottesville does not reflect the values of the America I know."

Following the Tucson march, hundreds of participants returned to a rally at Hotel Congress, completing a three-mile roundtrip walk with the same route.

The march was peaceful and relatively quiet, and the only incident was when a woman crashed her bike and scraped her knee. Medics came to her aid.

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In response to an outbreak of violence at a 'Unite the Right' event Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., around 1,500 people marched from Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson to the University of Arizona campus, where they visited the Islamic Center of Tucson, the African American Student Affairs Center, and the Hillel Foundation.