State of emergency declared ahead of Charlottesville anniversary

State of emergency declared ahead of Charlottesville anniversary

Exactly one year after the original rally, "Unite the Right 2"-titled like a bad Hollywood sequel-will be held in a park near the White House".

Reeve said it was reminiscent of scenes in Charlottesville last summer - because, she said, neo-Nazis in attendance "did not look like the people upper-middle-class white people in the East Coast think of when they think of racists or white supremacists".

The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, is bracing for what may come this weekend on the one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally.

Since last year's rally, city officials have ween working on a public safety plan.

Charlottesville Police Department Chief RaShall Brackney has said at previous s that Kessler's from federal court for an injunction to allow an anniversary rally in Market Street Park Aug. 12 would not affect the region's plans for the weekend. James Alex Fields, charged with driving his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of people.

Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter during the events. Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend and "state police is fully prepared to act" to prevent any incidents like past year. 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.

"We acted in advance of last year's horrific event in Charlottesville and if we become aware of similar information we won't hesitate to do so again", according to the company's statement.

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It allows for up to 400 participants, who say they plan to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville, VA/white civil rights rally".

"In the end, it doesn't matter whether the Unite the Right organizers bring 10, a hundred or even a thousand people to our nation's capital for their hate fest", said Ronald Halber, the JCRC's director, at a news conference attended by clergy from various faiths. This year, the same permits were denied to them.

Unite the Right said on its website that supporters will march from a nearby subway station to Lafayette Park at 5pm (2100 GMT). James Alex Fields Jr., of OH, faces murder charges in Heyer's death.

Some of the widely varied counterprotest groups are launching their efforts with interfaith events and speakers at Freedom Plaza, which is along Pennsylvania Avenue on the other side of the White House from the white nationalists' planned march route.

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.

"Very, very few of our visitors share the views that will be expressed in Lafayette Park on Sunday", Mayor Muriel Bowser, D, said.

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