Counterprotesters expected to dwarf white supremacists in D.C.

Howard TerryAug 13, 2018

President Donald Trump on Saturday acknowledged the grim anniversary of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly a year ago - and is regarded as one of the worst weeks in his presidency.

The president's response to last year's rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew intense criticism when he declared at a Trump Tower news conference that there were "very fine people on both sides".

"Out of this frightful tragedy, we've seen a community that was able to come together to say this is not who we are". This year, his official account tweeted a condemnation of "all types of racism and acts of violence". "Peace to ALL Americans!"

Bro said there are racial disparities in Charlottesville and throughout the country, noting that "we have got to fix this, or we'll be back right here in no time". Counter-protester Heather Heyer was tragically killed after a member of the far-right white nationalist groups crashed his vehicle into a crowd of people.

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.

At least one rally is being organized on the University of Virginia campus by a group of student activists, UVA Students United.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham answer questions from reporters about the city's preparations for the white nationalist-led rally marking the one-year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right", protests in Washington, August 9, 2018.

Saturday marks a year since white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches, clashing with a group of counterprotesters.

Carlson's group locked arms and chanted slogans of their own, including "Black Lives Matter!" and "No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA!".

Others said his tweet ahead of Sunday's rallies show that he again is playing "both sides".

Another far right rally is scheduled to take place this Sunday in close proximity to the White House.

She says, "It's nice that they're here to protect us".

Kessler lost some of his extremist allies a year ago after he tweeted that the killing of a counter-protester at the rally was "payback time".

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 auto into counter-protestors.

"People are welcome into the community, people are invited into the community", she said.

"We want to see students, activists and members of the global community rising up to fight fascism in their universities, local communities, and all institutions that uphold white supremacy and fascism", Majuto said.

A group of more than 200 protesters - students, residents and others - then marched to another part of the University of Virginia's campus, where many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear forming a line. "It didn't make sense previous year, and it doesn't make sense now".

"It's my town, and I'm not afraid", said Karen Walker, whose floral shop Hedge was open on Saturday even though she did not expect much business.

In an interview that contained multiple racist claims, Jason Kessler, the event's organizer, told NPR that his top goal is to make sure the event is peaceful, and characterized it as defending the First Amendment.

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