Virginia Declares State of Emergency Amid Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

Virginia Declares State of Emergency Amid Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

Opponents are mobilizing in Washington, D.C.to confront hundreds of white supremacists after an organizer of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was granted permission to stage another demonstration outside the White House on the one-year anniversary Sunday.

Protesters march at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 11, 2018.

The president tweeted earlier in the day on Saturday, saying the riots ago "resulted in senseless death and division". We must come together as a nation. Police at last year's event were criticized for being caught off guard by the violence, failing to keep feuding groups apart and not reacting quickly enough as fights broke out. "Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.

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.

Estimates vary on how many white nationalist protesters will show up.

At that time, Trump argued there was blame on both sides and equated the actions of white nationalists, who carried Nazi flags and chanted "Jews will not replace us", to that of counterprotesters.

Among the remembrance events scheduled for Saturday was a "morning of reflection and renewal" at UVA that featured musical performances, a poetry reading and an address from University President James Ryan.

UPDATE: At least 100 officers here, in riot gear, guarding the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville tonight.

A white supremacist rally is set for Sunday in Washington, D.C., but it is not clear if the National Socialist Movement will be participating.

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

What resulted was hundreds of violent clashes between white nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK members armed with flaming torches and counter protesters.

The area also includes the street where Heather Heyer was killed when a man attending the rally is accused of plowing into a crowd of people with his auto. And two Virginia state troopers died when their surveillance helicopter crashed near the protests.

The group then continued marching, with some members carrying a sign that said, "Good night white pride".

Dozens of groups, including the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, will counterprotest in Freedom Plaza.

"The group is by and large a lot younger than me and very diverse in many ways, not just demographics but also political orientations and approach to protest", Lance said. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said. Organizer Jason Kessler sought out Washington after failing to get approval in Charlottesville.

Government and police officials in the nation's capital say they are confident the city can manage this weekend's planned white nationalist rally without violence.

On Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, D, declared a state of emergency, allowing officials to marshal resources to prepare for the potential impact of events in and around Charlottesville and northern Virginia.

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