Charlottesville on edge on anniversary of deadly white-nationalist rallies

Charlottesville on edge on anniversary of deadly white-nationalist rallies

Charlottesville on edge on anniversary of deadly white-nationalist rallies

The conflict culminated in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, when James Alex Fields Jr., whose social media accounts included posts espousing white supremacy, purposely drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

US President Donald Trump says he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence", appealing for unity ahead of the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Almost two dozen people were also injured in the attack, which officials said was carried out by a 21-year-old white man from OH who had demonstrated with the white supremacist groups.

Last December, "Unite the Right" organizer Jason Kessler applied for a permit in Charlottesville for the one-year mark, but the city denied his request, which led to a lawsuit that he eventually dropped.

Over the weekend, resources from the Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Health and Virginia National Guard will be present in Charlottesville. Officials said Wednesday's declaration would streamline state and local operations this weekend while also allocating $2 million in state funds. He also did not mention a white nationalist demonstration planned for Sunday in the capital.

The rally in Charlottesville, known as Unite the Right, was organized to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. Meanwhile other events are planned to promote racial healing.

One year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a counterprotester dead, the event's organizer is producing an encore.

Initial plans were for Kessler's group to assemble at the Vienna Metro station in northern Virginia and take Metro to Foggy Bottom, then march to McPherson Square.

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The official Unite the Right rally website instructs those attending the demonstration to not inform strangers they're participating in the event and to stay with friends in the area if possible. That's what happened a year ago at the original "Unite the Right" rally and at a July 2017 Ku Klux Klan gathering in Charlottesville, where Klansmen were outnumbered 20-to-1.

Each company issued statements this week that did not directly denounce Unite the Right marchers but made clear that providers can refuse service to anyone who makes them uncomfortable or violates guidelines against discrimination.

Brackney said that public safety officials planning for the anniversary weekend are also trying to balance the safety and security of Downtown Charlottesville - without overmilitarzing the area.

"A group of white nationalists came to a peaceful Virginia town seeking to use hate and division to incite violence against fair-minded, innocent civilians", Warner tweeted. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.

The protest rally at Freedom Plaza is scheduled to begin at noon and will include speakers and music.

A release on the emergency declarations said this is to address the potential impacts of events in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. that will take place this weekend. The group paraded through the University of Virginia's campus, shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

The man accused in that attack, James Alex Fields of OH, has been charged with first-degree murder. The driver, James Alex Fields, has been indicted on federal hate-crime and state murder charges.

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