Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

"And I asked if you could why the students would be upset when they see a hundred cops in riot gear that just escalates the situation".

"What about the "alt-left" that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right, ' do they have any semblance of guilt?"

Students were angry over the heavy security on campus as a result of their rally.

"How does that create a sense of community?"

Jason Kessler, 34, organizer of both the Charlottesville rally and Sunday's demonstration, calls himself a "white civil rights" activist and said his goal is to spark a conversation while keeping everyone safe.

"Cops and Klan go hand in hand", he said. Police, who appeared to be avoiding a confrontation, rode bicycles ahead of the march to stop traffic.

In downtown Charlottesville, Va., authorities are limiting auto and pedestrian traffic, dozens of police in riot gear are patrolling a park in the city's center and some residents have left town in case the weekend turns violent.

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Despite heightened emotions and frustration over the police presence, the city reports no arrests and no violent outbreaks. "I certainly predict that they will be much more professional and much more even-handed and do much more to contribute to safety", he said.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, when many shops were beginning to open, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors in the popular downtown shopping district. Concrete barriers and metal fences had been erected, and police searched bags at two checkpoints.

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Peter Cvjetanovic, right, appears with neo-Nazis, alt-right supporters and white nationalists holding tiki torches and chanting at counterprotesters in Virginia on August 11, 2017.

Lara Mitchell, a sales associate at Ten Thousand Villages, a shop that sells artwork, jewelry, and other items, said the security seemed "a little bit over the top".

After last year's protests, debates erupted on whether or not Confederate monuments should be removed.

Last year, 22-year-old Clara Carlson faced down the group of white supremacists who marched through campus, surrounding her and a group of friends. At least two separate anti-white nationalist rallies will also be taking place in Lafayette Park.

Violent fighting broke out between attendees and counterprotesters that day.

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During the rally, a young neo-Nazi rammed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 people.

The state of emergency will stay in place in Charlottesville through the weekend so people can go and honor Heyer's life along with the two state troopers who also died a year ago.

On the day's itinerary were several remembrance events, including a "morning of reflection and renewal", a poetry session, and an appearance by University of Virginia President James Ryan, who was on deck to speak.

A day after tensions between police and community activists almost boiled over on the University of Virginia's campus, the city of Charlottesville plans to mark Sunday's anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally against racial hatred. An extensive review identified "gaps" in planning and communication among agencies, culminating in this year's plan, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said. "They weren't there to protect us", she recalled. I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down.

"We've always acted as if black lives never mattered, as if people of color never mattered", Bro told Cooper on Full Circle.

"As the nation's capital, we host millions of visitors each year", said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, in a statement.

Only took him a year.

. The declarations enable law enforcement to access state resources, including the National Guard, if unrest breaks out at events in and around Charlottesville and outside Washington, where a "Unite the Right 2" rally is set to occur.

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Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told The Associated Press that she has been dreading the anniversary of her daughter's death for months.

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