Virginia Declares State of Emergency Amid Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

Rabbi Bruce Lustig of Washington Hebrew Congregation is surrounded by clergy of multiple faiths as he helps launch a weekend of counterprotests against white supremacist marchers in Washington D.C. Aug. 10 2018

Businesses say they'll refuse service to Unite the Right attendees in DC

Charlottesville, Virginia, braces for the one-year mark of the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters, and the city is responding by holding anti-racism events this weekend.

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

President Trump was roundly condemned for saying that there were "very fine people, on both sides" among the racists and the counter-protesters.

On Saturday, a day before today's one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville clashes, Trump tweeted that he condemns "all types of racism" and that the nation needs to come together.

President Trump urges peace for all Americans one year after the deadly incidents in Charlottesville.

Organized by Unite the Right - the same network that called last year's protest in Charlottesville, Virginia - Sunday's rally will once again see the extremists stand face-to-face with anti-fascists, who are staging a counter protest. Woolfork is also a Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer.

He also did not mention a white nationalist demonstration planned for Sunday in the capital.

Officials have declared states of emergency for both the city of Charlottesville and the state of Virginia to help law enforcement mobilize state and local resources for security reasons.

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

A group anti-fascism demonstrators march in the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally.

'If you rush to heal, if you rush to everybody grab each other and sing kumbaya, we will be back here in a few years, ' she said.

Stern and other state, county and city officials said to expect large numbers of law enforcement officers in and around Charlottesville as part of a large-scale, multiagency safety and security plan to head off violence.

The president of the University of Virginia has offered an apology to the students and community members who faced off a year ago against white supremacists during a march through campus. Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed by self-described white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., who rammed a auto into a crowd at high speed.

Bro said her message to counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville and elsewhere this weekend is, "Keep your wits about you". I think it's a low bar for the president of the United States to simply say he's against racism. An extensive review identified "gaps" in planning and communication among agencies, culminating in this year's plan, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said. The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor's motorcade crashed, killing two troopers.

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

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