Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

A group of white nationalists had also descended onto Charlottesville for the rally.

Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally previous year for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying "both sides" were to blame.

After last year's protests, debates erupted on whether or not Confederate monuments should be removed.

Marchers in this weekend's Unite the Right 2 white nationalist rally may have a harder time getting a ride or a room.

Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is one of the scheduled speakers.

Counter-protests: There are several counter-demonstrations planned.

What is this protest about?

Jason Kessler, organizer of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, submitted the application and wrote that he expects 400 supporters of the alt-right agenda.

More details about the demonstrations are expected to be released in the coming days.

Last year's rally came amid debate over the renaming of two parks honoring Confederate generals. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said. "This also from the president who, on time after time after Charlottesville, said, 'There are very fine people on both sides'".

Fistfights and screaming matches broke out, and the rally officially was called off.

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The violence led to the death of 32-year-old counter protester Heather Heyer who was struck by a vehicle.

A 20-year-old man from Ohio, James Alex Fields Jr. Kessler initially wanted to return to Charlottesville, but the city denied his request, so he headed to the nation's capital.

A white supremacist rally is set for Sunday in Washington, D.C., but it is not clear if the National Socialist Movement will be participating.

Rachel Inlow visited the mall Friday evening and is one of many people who appreciates the places that are remaining open.

Brackney said that public safety officials planning for the anniversary weekend are also trying to balance the safety and security of Downtown Charlottesville - without overmilitarzing the area. "C-ville fights back, and we are asking the world to fight back, too!" But police and others decided McPherson Square was not good from a security perspective, and the group made a decision to go to Foggy Bottom.

The Commonwealth state of emergency declaration mobilizes and funds state resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard, and other state agencies that will be deployed to Charlottesville and Northern Virginia.

"Unite the Right" organizers have been telling their side to meet at the Vienna Metro station Sunday afternoon to ride into D.C. The Metro system considered using dedicated train cars to shuttle the white supremacists to the Foggy Bottom station, a plan shelved after protest from the Amalgamated Transit Union. Newsham said Washington law allows police to ban guns from certain areas when they deem it necessary. But some critics jumped on the president's wording of "all types of racism", saying this was just another version of Trump's claim a year ago that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

"We've had those types of high-tension assemblies in the District before".

"We 100 percent are going to make sure the groups remain separate", Newsham added, noting that Secret Service are working closely with local police.

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