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Illinois Senate Passes Measure To Label White Nationalists A Terrorist Organization

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Illinois Senate Passes Measure To Label White Nationalists A Terrorist Organization

The Illinois Senate on Monday approved a resolution calling for police to categorize neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations, The Chicago Tribune reports.

The measure came as a response to Saturday’s violence perpetrated by white supremacists during a rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one person dead and several more injured.

“It is vital that we stand in total opposition to the hatred, bigotry, and violence displayed by the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville this past weekend,” said state Sen. Don Harmon (D), who sponsored the measure, according to the report.

“They are the heirs to the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. We fought two bloody wars in opposition to their ideologies. We must continue to fight those same twisted ideologies today,” he added.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville. The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been charged with second-degree murder in the crash.

Other states are considering similar measures, The Tribune writes.

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