Charlottesville marks 1 year since deadly white nationalist rally

Charlottesville marks 1 year since deadly white nationalist rally

President Trump - who a year ago faced widespread condemnation for blaming the violence on "both sides" - wrote on Twitter Saturday morning that the protests had "resulted in senseless death and division" and that he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence".

One person died and several others were injured on August 12 a year ago when a auto ploughed into counter protesters who had taken to the streets to oppose a Unite the Right rally of white nationalists.

At the time, President Donald Trump said there were "very fine people" on both sides, spurring criticism from across the political divide that he was equating the counterprotesters with the rally attendees, who included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists.

"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community. Peace to all Americans".

Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, alarming activists who plan to rally against the hatred and bloodshed that shocked the nation last summer.

The National Park Service also issued permits for events organized by DC United Against Hate, New York Black Lives Matter, and other groups.

Charlottesville officials said that as of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday three men were arrested "inside and in proximity to the security area in downtown Charlottesville".

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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.

The goal is to keep rally goers and counter protesters separate in order to avoid violent confrontations.

A group anti-fascism demonstrators march in the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally. However, Kessler dropped his lawsuit last week and vowed to forge ahead with plans for a "white civil rights" rally Sunday in Washington, D.C.

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

Charlottesville is some 187 kilometers from Washington, but officials and opponents of the white nationalist rally fear some protesters may travel to Washington or parts of nearby Northern Virginia.

"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. Heyer was killed when a white supremacist rammed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters during the riot. An extensive review identified "gaps" in planning and communication among agencies, culminating in this year's plan, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said. Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.

Mr. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for his response in the aftermath of the unrest past year. Carlson, 22, said she feared for her life when she and a group of her friends were surrounded by the phalanx of young white men at the statue.

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