A year after deadly Charlottesville rally, wounds are still raw

Leroy Wright
August 12, 2018

First daughter Ivanka Trump received a rude reception Saturday night after she posted a three-tweet statement about the violence in Charlottesville - nearly one year to the day after the white-nationalist "Unite the Right" rally that left one woman dead.

The city is expecting large crowds to honor Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed when a auto rammed into a packed street of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville on August 12 2017.

White supremacists are set to rally outside the White House on Sunday, one year after torch-wielding neo-Nazis clashed with counter demonstrators in a deadly protest that highlighted the growing boldness of the extreme right in the United States.

He called for the nation to "come together" after a week in which he stoked racial divisions with attacks on black athletes and other minorities.

He then condemned all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to all Americans".

More than 1,000 law enforcement officers are stationed around Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, as the city marks a year since violent white supremacist rallies sparked a deadly attack and open fighting in the streets. "We still have a lot of young people, old people, people who have lived here a long time... who are committed to seeing those things through".

The "Unite the Right" rally in a Charlottesville park was organized in 2017 by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups to protest plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate States Army during the U.S. Civil War.

Charlottesville officials said that as of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday three men were arrested "inside and in proximity to the security area in downtown Charlottesville".

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On Friday, he said the country had to take steps in answer "to those who have waged an economic war against us". It has lost 40 percent of its value so far in 2018, and reached record lows following Trump's tweet.

The states of emergency will allow state and city agencies to get additional resources, Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement.

The goal is to keep rally goers and counter protesters separate in order to avoid violent confrontations.

The organizer of last year's rally, Jason Kessler, had vowed to hold a rally in a park near the White House on August 12 after Charlottesville denied him a permit.

Now, one year later, she and a group of students planned to host a rally at the same spot speaking out against white supremacy.

"What about the "alt-left" that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right, ' do they have any semblance of guilt?" James Alex Fields, Jr.is charged with driving his auto into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of people. You let it go and you're OK until the next one comes.

When asked by Cooper whether she had seen any change in Trump's views on what happened in Charlottesville, or on race issues in America, Bro said, "I have other things to do than to worry about what he's doing". Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.

An investigation by a former USA attorney found a lack of planning, poor communication and a passive response by law enforcement added to last year's chaos. On Saturday night, she was angry at the police response to the student rally.

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