Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on Charlottesville anniversary; critics slam wording

U.S. Park Police are seen working in riot gear in Washington. Government and police officials in the nation’s capital say they are confident the city can manage to host this weekend’s planned white nationalist Maryland, DC Prepare For Unite The Right Rally
Jeannette Daniel | 12 August, 2018, 11:17

One year after the tragic Charlottesville march, more than 200 protestors planned a rally on Saturday evening amidst peaceful vigils at the University of Virginia to mark the anniversary of the confrontation between tiki torch-toting white nationalists and counter-protestors.

Trump's words contrast sharply with his first public comments on the events last summer, which left 32-year-old anti-racist counterprotester Heather Heyer dead after a suspected white nationalist plowed his vehicle into a crowd on August 12, 2017.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said, following the events.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump posted on Twitter Saturday morning. We must come together as a nation. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence".

President Trump is urging "peace to all Americans" as cities across the United States are bracing for Unite the Right 2018 marches this weekend.

(CNN)White nationalists and other right-wing groups will gather along the lawns and brick paths of Lafayette Square in the shadow of the White House on Sunday for a controversial "white civil rights rally".

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

Rally participants are likely to be outnumbered by passionate counter-protesters.

Washington police chief Peter Newsham said firearms will be prohibited at the rallies, even for gun owners with legal licenses.

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UPDATE: At least 100 officers here, in riot gear, guarding the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville tonight.

On Sunday, thousands of counter-protesters are slated to attend multiple rallies against white supremacy in Washington, DC. Carlson, 22, said she feared for her life when she and a group of her friends were surrounded by the phalanx of young white men at the statue. They stopped to pay their respects at the corner where a local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an OH man drove his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters following last year's rally.

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

"This anniversary is also a time to look forward".

After last year's protests, debates erupted on whether or not Confederate monuments should be removed.

A group of anti-fascist protesters, sometimes known as "Antifa", marched in the afternoon, carrying signs with messages like "Good Night White Pride".

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

"We have a lot of folks in organizing here who were present for the murder of the young woman a year ago", Lance said. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said. On Wednesday, Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency to help coordinate planning and response to the anniversary weekend.

Organizer: The event was organized by Jason Kessler, who already had last year's rally on his resume. He also did not mention a white nationalist demonstration planned for Sunday in the capital.

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