Trump Tweets About Charlottesville One Year Later

Trump Tweets About Charlottesville One Year Later

Trump Tweets About Charlottesville One Year Later

The groups violently clashed with counterprotesters and Antifa demonstrators, which led to the death of one counterprotester and the injury of several others, when a auto driven by James Alex Fields struck and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. That weekend, two Virginia State troopers were also killed as their helicopter crashed into a nearby forests. It allows for up to 400 participants, who say they plan to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville, VA/white civil rights rally". Almost two dozen people were also injured in the attack, which officials said was carried out by a 21-year-old white man from OH who had demonstrated with the white supremacist groups.

"Our role is to make sure we have a First Amendment event that goes on without any types of violence or destruction of property", Newsham said, according to CNN affiliate WTOP.

The Virginia state of emergency will mobilize and fund state resources from the state Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Department of health, National Guard and other agencies.

It activated the Virginia Emergency Operations Center to coordinate state resources and allocated $2 million to pay for the state's response.

"We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The increased police presence is meant to serve as a "deterrent to anyone who would want to come into the community and exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that would violate someone else's First Amendment rights", Brackney said.

The website for Unite the Right urges marchers to meet at a Virginia Metro station and ride public transportation into the city.


Trump was heavily criticized, including by Republicans, a year ago for initially refusing to explicitly condemn the white supremacists who organized and attended the rally.

A Virginia State Police officer in riot gear keeps watch from the top of an armored vehicle after auto plowed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"We have seen in the past where these two groups have been in the same area at the same time, it leads to violent confrontations", Newsham said at a press briefing Thursday.

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said the goal for that community is to have a peaceful weekend. The list of scheduled speakers included several leading white nationalist figures, including Richard Spencer.

Kessler tweeted in July that "as Trump said, "There were MANY FINE PEOPLE" at the first event & I stand by that".

On the eve of the August 12 rally, dozens of young white men wearing khakis and polo shirts marched through the University of Virginia's campus, carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

The area also includes the street where Heather Heyer was killed when a man attending the rally is accused of plowing into a crowd of people with his vehicle. He is charged separately in federal court with hate crimes.

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