Emergency declared ahead of Charlottesville anniversary

Leroy Wright
August 11, 2018

Charlottesville has refused to grant a permit for another "Unite the Right" rally, after last year's event devolved into violence when police ended up pushing together white nationalists and "antifa" counter-protesters, instead of separating them.

White nationalists - protected by the 1st amendment - received the "OK" from the National Park Service Thursday to spew hatred and bigotry just beyond the White House gates.

White nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville past year, billing it as a protest over the removal of a statue honoring a commander of the Confederate Army, the losing side in the U.S. Civil War.

The company canceled accounts and bookings ahead of the original "Unite the Right" rally, which occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017.

President Donald Trump on Saturday used one of his morning Twitter missives to acknowledge that the weekend marks the first anniversary of Charlottesville, Virginia's deadly white nationalist rally and to condemn racism in America. Charlottesville dedicated part of the street to the 32-year-old who was struck when a auto plowed into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally.

Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter during the events.

Governor Northam urged residents to "make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate".

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A year ago the protest was conducted legally as the permits were granted by the city of Charlottesville.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend and that they are "fully prepared to act" to prevent any incidents like a year ago.

Several peaceful events are planned in Charlottesville to commemorate last year's event and promote racial healing.

The goal is to keep rally goers and counter protesters separate in order to avoid violent confrontations. "And nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now".

She thanked the officer, went through the security process, and as she was putting on her shoes Reeve said he came over and " tells me this little joke that lets me know that he's a Nazi". Brackney also said that a list of prohibited items will be enforced within the restricted access zone including a that could potentially be used as weapons and other "implements of riot".

- Airbnb has threatened to cancel the accounts of anyone renting from them who participates in the Unite the Right rally in the District this weekend.

Initial plans were for Kessler's group to assemble at the Vienna Metro station in northern Virginia and take Metro to Foggy Bottom, then march to McPherson Square. Heyer was killed when a man plowed his auto into a group of counterprotesters. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

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