Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

President Trump Issues Statement Ahead of Deadly Charlottesville Anniversary

President Trump Issues Statement Ahead of Deadly Charlottesville Anniversary

Estimates vary on how many white nationalist protesters will show up. The changes will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday.

But similar far-right protests have been dwarfed by counterprotesters.

As reported previous year, following Heyer's death, "about 1,000 people attended a memorial service for Heyer in Charlottesville".

What is this protest about?

According to The Week, "Charlottesville will be subject to a heavy police presence this weekend, and the primary organizer of last year's white nationalist event, Jason Kessler, was denied a permit for a concurrent demonstration this year".

For much of Saturday, the city appeared mainly focused on healing, with a number of vigils and memorial services scheduled throughout the weekend.

Last year's rally came amid debate over the renaming of two parks honoring Confederate generals.

"The statue itself is symbolic of a lot of larger issues", Kessler said a year ago.

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

And a march from a morning Washington Park remembrance of last year's tragedy to Fourth Street, where a driver plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many more, became heated when police blocked access to the Downtown Mall from Water Street, where entrance already was restricted to First Street and Second Street SE. An Ohio man accused of driving the auto was charged with second-degree murder in Heyer's death.

Members of 40 anti-racism groups plan to protest near Lafayette Square. For example, the Shut It Down D.C. Coalition is producing a "Still Here, Still Strong" rally to counter "Unite the Right 2" starting at noon Sunday. We made sure there was no traffic this time.

It's not that Fox never mentions neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Today we honor the memory of Heather Heyer, whose spirit we see in every person who stands up to reject hatred and bigotry.

What are police doing about security?

Charlottesville authorities came under criticism last year for underestimating the potential for violence, and they're trying to mitigate conflict this year.

As the anniversary of last year's deadly Charlottesville riots approaches, states of emergency have been declared for the city of Charlottesville, parts of Northern Virginia and the state of Virginia.

The most intense moments occurred in the evening at the University of Virginia campus at the "Rally for Justice", where a group of some 200 Antifa activists shouted at riot police lines, "Black Lives Matter!" and "No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA!".

As he said that, shouts could be heard down Fourth Street, and when asked what was going on, he said, "They're yelling at police".

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