Hundreds take to Charlottesville streets a year after far-right rally

Clay Curtis
August 12, 2018

President Donald Trump on Saturday was critical of racism in a tweet acknowledging the anniversary of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned deadly past year.

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. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence". Peace to ALL Americans! But some critics jumped on the president's wording of "all types of racism", saying this was just another version of Trump's claim past year that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

Charlottesville, Virginia denied a permit for this repeat event, so organizers made a decision to move it up north to Lafayette Park, right in front of the White House. They stopped to pay their respects at the corner where a local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an OH man drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters following last year's rally.

Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

University of Virginia students will hold a rally for justice on Saturday night, on the anniversary of the white supremacist tiki-torch march through their campus.

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.

Members of the leftist Answer Coalition plan a "mass action" to protest the white nationalists.

Both Market Street Park, where last year's rally was held, and Court Square Park will be completely fenced off, according to city spokesman Brian Wheeler. She said she has activated emergency operations aimed at protecting property and people. Richard Spencer, a leading white-nationalist leader who helped Kessler organize last year's event, has said he will not participate in Sunday's rally.

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"I hope that the images and the noise that we are able to create with this will make people feel empowered", said Makia Green, Black Lives Matter DC core organizer.

"We have a lot of folks in organizing here who were present for the murder of the young woman a year ago", Lance said.

The remarks swayed from his comments after last year's "Unite the Right" rally in the city, which led to violence and several deaths, when Neo-Nazi sympathizers and counterprotesters clashed during demonstrations. This year they come w/ badge" and chanted "Why are you in riot gear? Violence broke out between the white supremacist groups and counterprotesters and resultedin the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Democrat Mark Warner, a United States senator from Virginia, insisted Trump cleared the way for white nationalists to spread "hate and bigotry".

"That happened and we have to recognize it, but that's a symptom of the underlying disease", said Kibiriti Majuto, a student organizer. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

"We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"We did not want to have the entire city militarized", said King.

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