Trump condemns racism on Charlottesville anniversary

Trump condemns racism on Charlottesville anniversary

Trump condemns racism on Charlottesville anniversary

"We don't see no riot here".

President Trump was roundly condemned for saying that there were "very fine people, on both sides" among the racists and the counter-protesters. "This year they come with badges".

As dusk fell on the anniversary of the torch-lit march across the University of Virginia campus, a mass of anti-racist marchers reclaimed the streets of the city. At least one rally is being organized on the University of Virginia campus by a group of student activists, UVA Students United. "We ask that those who attend not let their personal passion overtake their personal civility". Among those, Airbnb said it would ban users who rent out their properties to participate in the Unite the Right rally, citing their terms of service, stating users agree, "To treat everyone in the Airbnb community - regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age - with respect, and without judgment or bias".

"Nothing would excite us any better than for this to be noneventful and folks to go home and it be a peaceful weekend for all", Settle said.

"D.C. police deal with protests every week and more or less have unlimited resources". Bellamy told the police commander that the students were upset by the officers' tactics, calling the officers' riot gear "over the top".

After a few minutes, most demonstrators began walking away. The rest of the evening remained quiet.

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.

The organizer of last year's rally, Jason Kessler, had vowed to hold a rally in a park near the White House on August 12 after Charlottesville denied him a permit. "It feels good that they're here in front of our store".

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Any response from Trump to this year's demonstrations could have consequences as Democrats look to harness outrage for electoral gains.

The original Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was to oppose plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park.

The rally attracted counter protesters, and clashes quickly broke out between the two groups.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was struck and killed when a white supremacist slammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters. Counterdemonstrator Heather Heyer was killed when a man who police say identified himself as a Nazi drove a vehicle into a crowd, and two Virginia State Police troopers in a helicopter that had been monitoring the civil unrest died in a crash nearby.

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.

Clara Carlson was one of those counterprotesters.

"And, to me, that's where change has to happen", she said.

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the "riots" in Charlottesville "resulted in senseless death and division". An extensive review identified "gaps" in planning and communication among agencies, culminating in this year's plan, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said.

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"I remember the police just standing around".

Trump's remarks also led to a series of business leaders announcing they would exit a council providing assistance to the administration. "I was grateful that I was able to come out of that alive".

Meanwhile Washington's robust local activist community is also gearing up for counter-protests.

With Charlottesville police widely criticized for their handling of last year's rally, D.C. authorities are vowing to prevent violence.

According to The Washington Post and Associated Press reports, the nighttime protesters mobilized against the police presence, which some described as aggressive and which some compared to last year's white supremacists.

"To be honest, I never expected to be mobilizing against Nazi's", Lance said.

"It's nice that they're here to protect us", said Lara Mitchell, 66, who works at a shop selling artwork, jewelry, and other items.

FILE - A vehicle plows into a group of counter-protesters marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the day of the "Unite the Right" rally, August 12, 2017, killing one person and injuring scores of others. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, started a foundation in her honor, which has given out scholarships and grants to a diverse group of young Americans working against hate. Bro likened losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves roll continually in.

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