Trump urges peace on Charlottesville rally anniversary


The declaration allocates $2 million in funds to pay for state resources ahead of the weekend's events.

In Charlottesville, there will be a commemorative gathering and memorial for Heather Heyer, the woman killed when James Alex Fields Jr drove a auto into the gathering of counterprotesters past year.

In response to questions regarding what intelligence has been gathered about any demonstrators or groups planning to show up this weekend, public officials have said that such information can not be publicly revealed.

Lisa Woolfork, a University of Virginia professor and Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer, told the Associated Press that police are mounting a "huge, overwhelming show of force to compensate for last year's inaction". That weekend, two Virginia State troopers were also killed as their helicopter crashed into a nearby forests. Those torches carried by white supremacists in Charlottesville a year ago shone a light on an ugly truth. We must come together as a nation.

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He concluded, "So when you see the President here talk about he is condemning 'all types of racism, ' remember his record over his presidency and the campaign and even before that". Peace to ALL Americans! "They wanted people to fight so they could deny us our First Amendment rights". The rally, organized to protest plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from downtown park, quickly deteriorated into clashes, prompting officials to declare the event illegal. "The focus of this single, unified and flexible plan is that it's not dependent or contingent upon any group that we know is or is not coming, any permit being granted or not granted".

An independent investigation of last year's rally violence, led by a former federal prosecutor, found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and co-ordination between state and city police.

Local and state authorities framed the weekend's heightened security as a necessary precaution.

On Sunday, thousands of counter-protesters are slated to attend multiple rallies against white supremacy in Washington, DC.

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Jason Kessler, the organizer of last year's rally is planning to hold a "white civil rights" rally on Sunday in Washington, mark the anniversary. "We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully", Northam said in a written release.

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. Portland Police is conducting an internal investigation into its use of force on August 4, which included flash bangs, after a June 30 rally there turned into a riot, sending at least four to area hospitals by ambulance.

"The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups".

National Public Radio faced wide criticism on Friday for running an interview with Kessler in which he recited white nationalist talking points and ranked the intelligence of different races on air.

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