A group of American white supremacists who were involved in the deadly incident in Charlottesville, Virgina, this week, had previously expressed their support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a series of tweets and posts on social media.
According to a report in The National, the supporters were spotted wearing T-shirts embracing Assad.
"Assad did nothing wrong" - Baked Alaska at UVA tonight. "Barrel bombs, hell yeah!" pic.twitter.com/GCsR5oy1ts— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) August 12, 2017
Among the supporters was a 20-year-old man, James Alex Fields, who drove his car into the counter-protestors killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring several others.
In an article by US news website Heavy, it was reported that Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, was not aware that her son was a white supremacist, nor was she aware of him possessing a strong political opinion.
Some of the photos found on James Alex Fields Jr.'s facebook page. Picture of Assad, Hitler as a baby, & him in front of car used yesterday. pic.twitter.com/35I9UdpZPj— Conor McCormick (@ConorMichael28) August 13, 2017
Fields has been arrested and is being charged with “one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit-and-run attended failure to stop with injury.” US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences on Twitter to the victim’s family.
Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
The President’s tweet was followed by responses confirming Fields’ position as a supremacist.