Charlottesville on edge on anniversary of deadly white-nationalist rallies

Road closures map for Unite the Right 2 rally

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.

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

Trump's tweet on Saturday faced criticism on social media as some jumped on the his wording of "all types of racism", after his claim a year ago that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

He was responsible for putting together the Charlottesville rally that led to the death of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer about a year ago.

Schoep also addressed the Charlottesville, Virginia incident and said his group, "acted in self defense ... we are not the ones creating the violence".

Hundreds of white nationalists are set to host "Unite the Right 2" in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening, one year after the rally in Charlottesville.

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While some businesses closed for the weekend, many merchants remained open in a show of solidarity.

As the group and other counter-protestors head for the nation's capital, Hogan has instructed Maryland State agencies to be ready to respond and to coordinate in advance with DC officials.

Washington police chief Peter Newsham said firearms will be prohibited at the rallies, even for gun owners with legal licenses. White nationalists arrived in Charlottesville to demonstrate against the removal of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee. "You let it go and you're OK until the next one comes", she said. Heyer was killed when a white supremacist rammed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters during the riot.

After authorities had forced the clashing crowds of of white supremacists and counterprotesters to disperse, a auto plowed into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Two Virginia state troopers who were monitoring the rally were later killed in the line of duty when their helicopter crashed.

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.

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

The permit application for the Washington rally said 400 people were expected, and described the event as a protest against "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville". Woolfork is also a Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said. In addition, Gov. Ralph Northam declared in a state of emergency in the city and ordered the Virginia National Guard to be on standby should any riots arise.

Students say they're disgusted with the school because it didn't waive medical feels for last year's rally victims.

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

"I'm not looking forward to what that's going to look like this weekend", she said.

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