Detroit City Council releases statement denouncing violence in Charlottesville

'We will link arms and stand together with you'

A Virginia police officer keeps watch from the top of an armored vehicle after car plowed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

DETROIT - The Detroit City Council released a statement condemning violence surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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Read the full statement below:

The people of Detroit stand with the people in Charlottesville, Virginia and condemn all acts of hatred, discrimination and violence. Dangerous rhetoric has empowered this kind of racist mindset that has now given rise to violence and cost people their lives.

Here in Detroit, although we have our own challenges to understand and appreciate each other, as one, we will link arms and stand together with you to denounce the violence we all have witnessed over the past few days. We recognize that it is our differences that make us stronger, that it is our love for each other that sustains us and that only by standing together we will keep out community safe and strong.

We pray for peace, realizing that love, family and community are cornerstones to respect and we will stand united against those that will try to incite us to hate.

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