Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

11 August, 2018, 23:52 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

The security measures come as the city is bracing for what may be to come on the one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally.

How many people could show up?

Now, one group is vowing to counter-protest with dancing.

In August 2017, white supremacist demonstrators and counterprotesters squared off in violent clashes in Charlottesville, site of the University of Virginia.

What is this protest about?

- Businesses in the District where white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazis are planning to hold the Unite the Right rally on Sunday have stated they will refuse service to anyone with hate in their heart.

Members of the neo-nazi organization wearing all black military-style uniforms and carrying banners, flags and shields, were led down LaGrange Street and into the park by NSM Commander Jeff Schoep. It didn't make sense past year, and it doesn't make sense now. Meanwhile, authorities largely stood by on the fringes of the action near a downtown park with a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the city wanted to remove.

"The statue itself is symbolic of a lot of larger issues", Kessler said a year ago. "They are not free-speech advocates for white rights but racist Nazis who want to have a nation for white people only".

Fistfights and screaming matches broke out, and the rally officially was called off.

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The violence led to the death of 32-year-old counter protester Heather Heyer who was struck by a auto.

A 20-year-old man from Ohio, James Alex Fields Jr. They will start at Freedom Plaza, but also plan on marching to Lafayette Park.

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.

The permit application said 400 people were expected for Sunday's event, but that number could change.

The "Unite the Right" rally was scheduled for Sat. Aug. 12 and participants started to gather in Charlottesville the night before. Kibiriti Majuto, an organizer with UVA Students United, encouraged everyone to join student leaders in promoting diversity and tolerance rather than white supremacy.

Local activists said that they were hoping for a quiet two days of memorials and remembrance. "C-ville fights back, and we are asking the world to fight back, too!" But police and others decided McPherson Square was not good from a security perspective, and the group chose to go to Foggy Bottom.

Mr. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for his response in the aftermath of the unrest previous year. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville declared states of emergency ahead of this weekend's anniversary. The city attorney took a new job, the city manager's contract was not renewed, a spokeswoman quit and the police chief, who was 50 at the time, retired after less than two years on the job.

Murphy also said at Monday's meeting that he chose to deny the remaining pending permits the previous Friday for a recreational fair-style "Festival of the Schmestival" event in Market Street Park on Saturday due to safety concerns. Handguns, however, will not be banned, because of state and federal gun rights law, officials said.

"We have learned many lessons from the tragic events of August 12, 2017", said Mike Murphy, Charlottesville's interim city manager. "We 100% are going to make sure that groups remain separate".

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