Pres. Trump Calls For Peace, Condemns Racism, One Year After Charlottesville Riots

One was John Miska, a bearded, tie-dye-wearing man who was busted after he purchased razor blades at a downtown drugstore.

In Washington, hundreds of extra law-enforcement officers were brought in for the rally, promoted by white supremacist and anti-Semite Jason Kessler.

Authorities in the state were criticized for failing to maintain peace during last year's violent rally as they had not planned ahead but this year police said they are prepared to ensure law and order. Officials said Wednesday's declaration would streamline state and local operations this weekend while also allocating $2 million in state funds.

Concrete barriers and metal fences were put up and police were searching bags at checkpoints.

Donald Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally in 2017 for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters.

What resulted was hundreds of violent clashes between white nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK members armed with flaming torches and counter protesters. Kessler said during a deposition that he had no regrets or remorse about his role and takes no responsibility for the violence.

Members of the Charlottesville community meditate outside the Renaissance School in the downtown area August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Following last year's heated rally, Trump spurred controversy saying "I think there is blame on both sides" for Charlottesville's deadly violence.

During an interview this summer, Kessler said he was still "coming to terms" with what happened previous year and said he apologised to Heyer's family. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

"In general, regardless of event, drivers are advised to follow all local laws but have the right to refuse service to riders who are disrespectful or who make them feel unsafe", Uber said in a statement.

Referring to Russian Federation, the congressman said, "They use events like this divisive racial fight. and this is the sort of thing they do".

Like previous year, anti-racists, anti-fascists and other counter-demonstrators plan to flood the streets to voice their disapproval.

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".

The university itself said it will be hosting a "morning of reflection and renewal" to mark the anniversary.

"We don't want to be painted as victims", Carlson said on Saturday, several hours before students and activists gathered for a rally near the statue on the anniversary of the campus confrontation. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and counterprotester, was later pronounced dead at the University of Virginia Medical Center, and dozens more were injured. James Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, is charged in state court with murder in Heyer's killing and also faces separate hate crime charges in federal court.

The racist provocateur who organized last year's far-right rally has moved on to Washington, DC, where he has received a permit to stage a "white civil rights rally" on Sunday in front of the White House.

Counter-protesters turned out to demonstrate against the rally. Gov. Northam declared a state of emergency in advance, allowing Charlottesville to have a heavy police presence.

The city is closing downtown streets and public parks and restricting access to a downtown "security area", where visitors are prohibited from wearing masks or carrying certain items, including skateboards, catapults, glass bottles, bats and knives.

  • Rogelio Becker