White nationalists rally in DC, marking Charlottesville anniversary

Businesses say they'll refuse service to Unite the Right attendees in DC

Her death and the clashes that day between white nationalists and anti-fascists shook the United States.

"We are unstoppable, another world is possible", "We remember Heather Heyer" and "Black Lives Matter". At least two separate anti-white nationalist rallies will also be taking place in Lafayette Park.

The opposition protests against white supremacy in Washington on Sunday are slated to include demonstrations that range in their levels of intensity and combativeness.

Students and other activists had gathered Saturday evening for a pre-planned rally to mark the anniversary of a campus confrontation between torch-carrying white nationalists and counterprotesters.

"There's plenty of work to do", Bro said in an interview Friday night on "Anderson Cooper Full Circle" on Facebook. But the day should be about more than just Heyer, Bro said. Two state police troopers also died that day, August 12, 2017, in a helicopter crash.

Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates died when their helicopter crashed while deployed as part of the response to last year's violence.

The counter-protesters outside included Paul Mitchell, a 62-year-old retired US Parks Police sergeant who held a hand-painted sign that read "No Nazis, no KKK, no racists, no way". Kessler backed off plans for another rally this summer and turned his focus to an event in Washington, D.C. The far-right rallygoers marched in the middle of the street, surrounded by a phalanx of police, while counter-protesters heckled them from the sidewalks on either side.

Lisa Woolfork, a University of Virginia professor and Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer, said police are mounting a "huge, overwhelming show of force to compensate for last year's inaction".

The group made its way to downtown before dispersing. Some marchers linked arms as they walked. Numerous protesters directed their anger at the heavy police presence, with chants like "cops and Klan go hand in hand", a year after police were harshly criticized for their failure to prevent the violence. After last year's deadly event, several far-right groups sought to distant themselves from the alt-right.

A review by a former US attorney found a lack of coordination between state and city police and an operational plan that elevated officer safety over public safety. Our streets" and "Who do you protect?

The original Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was to oppose plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park. "White people think they're the ones being targeted for racism and a lot of these people are Trump supporters so when the president makes a comment like this with "all types" it's hard to not be suspicious". We must come together as a nation, ' he wrote on Saturday morning. But scuffles continued, and the violence culminated when a auto plowed into a group of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

This item has been updated to correct the spelling of Wispelwey in one instance.

The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, is bracing for what may come this weekend on the one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally.

People across the country are marking the event's anniversary.

One of those businesses, Chief Brian' Comfort Kitchen, is located just blocks from where the epicenter for the rally will be held and its owner said he will take a stand against those attending the Unite the Right rally. The rally violence proved a costly debacle for leading figures such as white nationalist Richard Spencer and others who are fighting lawsuits.

Other events were also planned throughout the weekend, including on Sunday, the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville.



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