Trump calls for peace on Charlottesville anniversary as residents on edge

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Authorities have pledged to keep the two groups apart keeping in mind the violence during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville past year.

At that time, Trump argued there was blame on both sides and equated the actions of white nationalists, who carried Nazi flags and chanted "Jews will not replace us", to that of counterprotesters.

President Trump grew criticism previous year for his initial response the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally as he said "hate" came from "all sides".

"We are treating this as a statewide event", said Virginia Department of Emergency Management coordinator Jeff Stern.

The protestors eventually walked away and no arrests were made.

The 2017 Charlottesville rally, which drew white supremacists and neo-Nazis, was originally meant to protest the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee that still stands.

In addition to Kessler, also planning to attend the white-supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by Washington City Paper from the National Park Service, are David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, and several neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. Many students say they are upset that the university did not warn them about this in advance, especially since it falls as many students are moving in for the new school year.

Heyer was killed when a person drove a auto through a crowd of counterprotesters.

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Police mobilises hundreds of officers as anti-fascist activists rally peacefully in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia to mark the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence. Last year's rally exposed a racial divide in the city, Debbie says.

On Saturday morning, the university hosted a "morning of reflection and renewal", with musical performances, a poetry reading and an address from University President James Ryan. And two Virginia state troopers died when their surveillance helicopter crashed near the protests.

White nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville previous year, billing it as a protest over the removal of a statue honoring a commander of the Confederate Army, the losing side in the US Civil War. A group raised a banner that said: "Last year they came w/ torches".

The first Unite the Right rally was held on August 12, 2017.

The counter-protests in Washington have renewed the debate over whether small demonstrations of racist extremists should be ignored, or greeted with forceful public opposition. Trump said then the group included "fine people".

Dozens of groups, including the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, will counterprotest in Freedom Plaza.

Sunday's rally comes less than three months before midterm elections to determine whether Republicans maintain their majority in Congress. Democrats and independents are defending 25 seats in the Senate, compared to eight for Republicans, and need to win an additional net 23 seats to take over the House of Representatives. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

Attendees of "Unite the Right 2", a follow-up to the controversial far-right protest previous year, have been told to bring Confederate flags, wear body cameras and expect to be provoked. In addition, Gov. Ralph Northam declared in a state of emergency in the city and ordered the Virginia National Guard to be on standby should any riots arise.

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