Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes

Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes

Taking to Twitter ahead of a controversial "Unite the Right 2" white supremacist rally tomorrow in Washington, Trump decried the "senseless death and division" spawned by what he called the "riots in Charlottesville".

He adds that, "We must come together as a nation. Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.

Participants plan to march from Washington's Foggy Bottom neighborhood to Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House.

Several dozen demonstrators from the so-called "antifa", or anti-fascist, movement marched to the spot where Heather Heyer was killed a year ago when a man linked to white supremacist groups rammed his vehicle into counter-protestors.

The president infamously blamed protesters "on many sides" for the conflict instead of specifically criticizing the racist sentiment that spurred the tragedy.

Kessler has been promoting this year's event on various social media platforms and blames the city of Charlottesville for violence during last year's rally, when armed neo-Nazis descended on the normally tranquil southern town.

Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacist marchers near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".

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During last year's rallies, law enforcement officers stood by while white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters, a response that allowed the violence to spiral out of control, an independent investigation found.

Earlier this week, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a state of emergency saying "the related planned events will help us ensure that the state and the city have all available resources to support emergency responders in case they're needed". "So we can't go back to the past, but we can definitely move on from this", Brock said. "I've reached out to both the District of Columbia and Virginia to offer any kind of assistance they may need". "We don't see no riot here", activists chanted Saturday evening (local time). They unfurled a banner reading "Last year they came w/ torches". 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.

Violent fighting broke out between attendees and counter-protesters that day.

Trump on Friday jumped on anthem protests by some black players at National Football League preseason games by tweeting that they "wanted to show their "outrage" at something that majority are unable to define".

The organizer of last year's rally, Jason Kessler, had vowed to hold a rally in a park near the White House on August 12 after Charlottesville denied him a permit.

Several events are scheduled in Charlottesville to observe what happened previous year and promote racial healing. Counterdemonstrator Heather Heyer was killed when a man who police say identified himself as a Nazi drove a vehicle into a crowd, and two Virginia State Police troopers in a helicopter that had been monitoring the civil unrest died in a crash nearby.

Trump has retweeted white nationalist material, said Mexicans crossing the USA border are rapists and drug dealers, once referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as "Miss Housekeeping" and employed Steve Bannon, a central figure of the new "alt-right" in America, as his campaign chief and top strategist for a time.

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