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

11 August, 2018, 18:59 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

Activists in Charlottesville plan a rally against hate on Saturday, and numerous same alt-right groups that appeared in last year's "Unite the Right" rally are planning a sequel in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

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.

White nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville a year ago, billing it as a protest over the removal of a statue honoring a commander of the Confederate Army, the losing side in the U.S. Civil War.

Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville proactively declared a state of emergency ahead of the one-year anniversary of the violent white nationalist rally there that left one woman dead and dozens of others injured.

During last year's protest, organized due to the proposed removal of Confederate monuments from Charlottesville parks, Antifa and right-wing groups violently clashed.

"The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia are working closely with law enforcement and public safety agencies from around Virginia to plan for potential events and to keep our city safe from violence", he said.

As the one year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, Virginia approaches, friends and family of Heather Heyer-the paralegal and progressive activist mowed down by a Nazi who drove his auto into a crowd-honored her memory. That weekend, two Virginia State troopers were also killed as their helicopter crashed into a nearby forests.

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"I am urging Virginians to make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate, should those arise", said Northam. Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend.

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. He authorized $2 million in state funds for security support and authorized the Virginia National Guard to assist the local authorities.

"There is no intention to accommodate one side or the other", Newsham said.

"In the end, it doesn't matter whether the Unite the Right organizers bring 10, a hundred or even a thousand people to our nation's capital for their hate fest", said Ronald Halber, the JCRC's director, at a news conference attended by clergy from various faiths. This from the candidate who said on this very network that he knew nothing about grand wizard David Duke when he was on tape years prior denouncing David Duke specifically, but didn't do so during the campaign.

The Shut it Down D.C. Coalition, comprised of 38 organizations and community groups, meets regularly to plan counter attacks to the white nationalists.

The man accused in that attack, James Alex Fields of OH, has been charged with first-degree murder.

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