Ahead of Charlottesville Anniversary Rally, Virginia Declares State of Emergency

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler is planning to hold an anniversary rally in Washington D.C. this Sunday.

A vehicle that plowed through a crowd of counter protesters at the Charlottesville white nationalist rally pictured above.

An independent investigation of last year's rally violence, led by a former federal prosecutor, found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police.

Michael Shallal, a member of the D.C. chapter of the International Socialists Organization, one of the organizing groups of the Freedom Plaza rally, said that participants from the Washington region and up and down the East Coast will take part in Sunday's event.

A few hours later, police say 21-year-old rally participant James Alex Fields, Jr. drove a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.

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Two Virginia state troopers who were assisting the authorities by observing the unrest from the air died when their helicopter crashed on August 12.

Ralph Northam declared the state of emergency and asks that residents "make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate".

Black Lives Matter also have a permit for counter-protests.

The state has allocated 2 million to pay for the response, and designated resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health and Virginia National Guard to be available in Charlottesville over the weekend, the governor's office reports.

"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". This also from the president who said that 'Mexicans are bringing crime, they're bringing guns, they're rapists, some I assume are good people.

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Park Police will also be on hand and the National Park Service said any approved groups will be sectioned off to different areas of the park.

"Nothing would excite us any better than for this to be noneventful and folks to go home and it be a peaceful weekend for all", 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.

Unite the Right said on its website that supporters will march from a nearby subway station to Lafayette Park at 5pm (2100 GMT).

On the eve of the August 12 rally, dozens of young white men wearing khakis and polo shirts marched through the University of Virginia's campus, carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. James Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, is charged in state court with murder in Heyer's killing and also faces separate hate crime charges in federal court.

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