Washington DC braces for white supremacist rally outside White House

Washington DC braces for white supremacist rally outside White House

Washington DC braces for white supremacist rally outside White House

A counterprotester who faced down a group of white supremacists that marched through the University of Virginia's campus previous year says she's angry at the police response to a student rally on campus marking the anniversary.

A group of protesters known as "Antifa", or anti-fascists, mourn at the site of a makeshift memorial where Heather Heyer was killed a year ago August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The group came together in direct response to white nationalists who gathered in Charlottesville for a "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017. This year, his official account tweeted a condemnation of "all types of racism and acts of violence". "Peace to all Americans".

Trump's tweet on Saturday faced criticism on social media as some jumped on the his wording of "all types of racism", after his claim previous year that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

Dozens of activists and residents have gathered at a Charlottesville city park to protest racism and to observe the one-year anniversary of a rally by white supremacist that turned deadly.

After authorities had forced the clashing crowds of of white supremacists and counterprotesters to disperse, a vehicle plowed into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

Members of the leftist Answer Coalition plan a "mass action" to protest the white nationalists.

The counterprotesters included Paul Mitchell, a 62-year-old retired U.S. Parks Police sergeant who held a hand-painted sign that read "No Nazis, no KKK, no racists, no way".

"And, to me, that's where change has to happen", she said.

"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street. Kessler initially wanted to return to Charlottesville, but the city denied his request, so he headed to the nation's capital.

"We are trying to maintain order and have a duty and obligation to try and make sure there is no property damage", said Charlottesville police spokesman Tony Newberry.

A news release from the city Saturday afternoon said several hundred people had made their way through the perimeter that was established at 8 a.m.

In a city already divided over how forcefully it should confront historical and institutional racism, there was little consensus over how to understand the contrast between last year's police presence and this year's.

On Saturday, marchers in Charlottesville held peaceful demonstrations and people laid flowers on a makeshift memorial to Heyer. "Instead, he is planning a "white civil rights" event in Washington, D.C., on Sunday".

Estimates vary on how many white nationalist protesters will show up.

Graham, who spent considerable time at Bedminster over the past week, added: "It is how you react to him".

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told The Associated Press that she has been dreading the anniversary of her daughter's death for months.

Organizer: The event was organized by Jason Kessler, who already had last year's rally on his resume.

"There's a profound difference in this year and last year and that is the heavy police presence", said Lisa Woolfork, an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia and a local organizer with Black Lives Matter.

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, now running for the US Senate from Utah, said in an essay published at the weekend that he disagreed with Trump's declaration that many "good people" had taken part on the white nationalist side of the Charlottesville event.

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