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DC police, protesters prepare for white nationalist rally

12 August 2018
DC police, protesters prepare for white nationalist rally

Saturday's march capped a day of hope, grief, anger and remembrance in Charlottesville, one year after the "Unite the Right" rally brought racially charged street violence to the scenic college town.

He called for the nation to "come together" after a week in which he stoked racial divisions with attacks on black athletes and other minorities. Peace to ALL Americans!

On Saturday, hundreds of police officers surrounded Charlottesville's downtown area throughout the day in order to preclude any violent outbursts, according to multiple reports.

But others said Saturday they were comforted by the security measures. Deploying riot police along the security perimeter, law enforcement went on to erect concrete barriers and metal fences before setting up entry points with metal detectors to screen rally participants.

Police mobilises hundreds of officers as anti-fascist activists rally peacefully in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia to mark the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence.

They will likely be dwarfed by the number of counter-protestors, who plan to march to the Martin Luther King Jr.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was struck and killed when a white supremacist slammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters.

The "Unite the Right" rally resulted in violent clashes between people from the left and right of the political equation, which led to one of Trump's more heavily-criticised reactions when he failed to identify and directly censure the alt-right movement. In an interview later Friday on "Anderson Cooper 360", Bro said she thinks it's time to "take the focus off Heather, as Heather would want us to do".

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.

Bro said Heyer, a paralegal for a Charlottesville law firm, helped her understand white privilege, and she has been attempting to explain that to others.

Earlier this week, Governor Ralph Northam and the City of Charlottesville declared states of emergency for the city and the Commonwealth as a whole.

More than 700 Virginia State Police personnel alone are trained and ready to be assigned if the need arises, Virginia State Police Colonel Gary T. Settle said.

The 2018 Unite the Right Rally will be held in the nation's capital and is expected to draw various extremist groups, potentially including some of the white supremacist and white nationalist organizations present in Charlottesville previous year.

"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides", Trump said.

The City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville Police and all partner agencies involved in safeguarding the Greater Charlottesville Region throughout the weekend continue to remain vigilant in anticipation of planned events.

Kessler's application said he expected up to 400 people to attend the rally.

Antifa's counter-protest website shutitdowndc.org is calling on members to "mass", mobilize against white nationalist groups at Freedom Plaza, close by to where the Unite the Right 2 rally will be held.

Peter Cvjetanovic marches with white nationalists and far right extremists as they encircle the base of a Thomas Jefferson statue after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 11, 2017.