Charlottesville on edge on anniversary of deadly white-nationalist rallies

An alt-right sympathizer knocks the hat off an opponents head as alt-right activists anti-fascist protestors and people on all sides of the political spectrum gather for a campaign rally organized by right-wing organizer Patriot Prayer founder and

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Washington was bracing for a white nationalist rally on Sunday organized to coincide with the anniversary of last year's racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

President Trump addressed concerns this morning tweeting that last year's event resulted in "senseless death and division" and condemning all forms of "racism and acts of violence".

On Saturday, Trump condemned "all types of racism" in a Twitter post marking the anniversary.

Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

One person died and several others were injured on August 12 past year when a vehicle ploughed into counter protesters who had taken to the streets to oppose a Unite the Right rally of white nationalists.

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

"I think there is blame on both sides", Trump said during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY.

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Though speeches at the rally aren't scheduled to begin until 5:30 p.m., some counterprotesters plan to start hours earlier, and police will start closing downtown streets at 8 a.m., mainly around the White House and into Foggy Bottom.

His apparent refusal to condemn neo-Nazis and violent white nationalist groups elicited strong bipartisan pushback.

Authorities came under harsh criticism for underestimating the potential for unrest at last year's rally. She said she has activated emergency operations aimed at protecting property and people.

"Kessler doesn't have the entire park", said Makia Green, a core member of Black Lives Matter D.C. organizing the local response.

"That happened and we have to recognize it, but that's a symptom of the underlying disease", said Kibiriti Majuto, a student organizer.

A group of more than 200 protesters - students, residents and others - then marched to another part of the University of Virginia's campus, where many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear forming a line.

"I will not serve anyone who has any kind of hate in their heart or obvious hate on this weekend or ever", Chef Brian Hill said. "We don't see no riot here", Antifa members chanted Saturday evening.

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Susan Bo told counter-protesters to make sure they stay safe at Sunday's event.

Other businesses have taken similar approaches and have said they will deny services to attendees of the Unite the Right rally.

One woman, 32-year-old Heather Hayer, was killed and 19 people injured when a van drove into a crowd in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017.

In addition, two police officers died in a helicopter crash while they were monitoring the protests.

In the scope of his contentious time in office, Trump's reaction to Charlottesville registers as an unforgettable moment, though one obscured by subsequent events.

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". "They are afraid of us because we are demanding change from the university", Carlson said.

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