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Offbeat Anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally puts city, D.C. on edge

13:56  10 august  2018
13:56  10 august  2018 Source:   reuters.com

State of Emergency Declared for Charlottesville

  State of Emergency Declared for Charlottesville Governor Ralph Northam said he ordered a state of emergency to "prepare and coordinate our response to ensure the protection of residents’ lives, property, and Constitutional rights.” “I am urging Virginians to make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate, should those arise,” Northam said in a statement. “Virginia continues to mourn the three Virginians who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations a year ago. We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully.

By Joseph Ax and Makini Brice. (Reuters) - Joan Fenton knows she will not make much money at her Charlottesville gift shop this weekend, when the downtown district will be virtually locked down for the anniversary of last year's deadly white nationalist rally .

The Unite the Right rally , also known as the Charlottesville rally or Charlottesville riots, was a white supremacist and white nationalist rally that occurred in Charlottesville , Virginia, from August 11 to 12

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Trump says he condemns 'all types of racism' ahead of Charlottesville anniversary

  Trump says he condemns 'all types of racism' ahead of Charlottesville anniversary President Trump on Saturday tweeted that he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence" ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally.President Trump on Saturday tweeted that he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence" ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The city of Charlottesville , Va. has reportedly denied Far-right organizer, Jason Kessler’s application to host an event in Charlottesville , Va. on the anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally . Buzz60.

The city of Charlottesville remains on edge following violence at a 'Unite the Right' rally held by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the A U.S. flag flies from the back of a car, ahead the one-year anniversary of the fatal white-nationalist rally , in Charlottesville , Virginia, U.S., August 1, 2018.

Joan Fenton knows she will not make much money at her Charlottesville gift shop this weekend, when the downtown district will be virtually locked down for the anniversary of last year's deadly white nationalist rally. But like many other owners, she will be open anyway.

"They want to be open in solidarity with the community," Fenton said. "They feel that not being here is giving in to fear and terror."

Officials in Charlottesville have vowed a massive police presence – with some 1,000 personnel assigned – to deter any violence.

The "Unite the Right" rally last August, called to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, turned the picturesque Virginia college town into a chaotic scene of street brawls, and one woman was killed when an Ohio man rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

The organizer of last year's event, white nationalist Jason Kessler, was denied a permit in Charlottesville this year but has secured permission to hold a demonstration on Sunday in Washington, across the street from the White House.

Washington officials said on Thursday that police were ready for the rally as well as three planned counter-protests that could attract close to 2,000 people in all.

Officers will endeavor to keep the two sides separate, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said. Guns will be prohibited from the demonstration area.

Ivanka Trump condemns white nationalist rallies: There is no place for neo-Nazism in US

  Ivanka Trump condemns white nationalist rallies: There is no place for neo-Nazism in US President Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump on Saturday condemned white supremacy ahead of the anniversary of last year's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va."One year ago in Charlottesville, we witnessed an ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence," she tweeted in a three-part thread. "While Americans are blessed to live in a nation that protects liberty, freedom of speech and div ersity of opinion, there is no place for white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism in our great country.

The nation looks for answers. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the fatal attack “domestic The driver of the car was James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, a city near Toledo, officials said. Man Charged After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Deadly Violence.

Approval for this year's D . C . rally comes after Charlottesville officials rejected Kessler's application to host an anniversary event in the city that scores of white supremacists terrorized nearly a year ago. Following that decision in December

Muriel Bowser looking at the camera: Washington D.C. Mayor Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Newsham answer questions from reporters in Washington © REUTERS/Brian Snyder Washington D.C. Mayor Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Newsham answer questions from reporters in Washington Amid continuing controversy over President Donald Trump's views on race, the events will likely revive memories of his comments after Charlottesville when he said both sides were to blame for the violence. The remarks sparked criticism from across the political spectrum as Trump refused to condemn the white nationalists.

In Charlottesville, officials have announced an unprecedented lockdown of the bustling downtown district. Vehicles are prohibited, and pedestrians will be allowed in at only two checkpoints, where police will confiscate contraband.

Prohibited items include everything from metal pipes and swords to fireworks and skateboards.

Guns, however, can still be legally carried. After last year's violence, the city asked the state legislature to ban firearms from major public events, but the bill failed to advance.

It is not clear whether any white nationalists will come to Charlottesville this weekend, but officials said they were preparing for any contingency. Police were widely criticized after last year's event, where some officers did not intervene to stop fistfights and other mayhem.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam preemptively declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, a procedural move that freed up additional resources.

Many business owners have said the plan is too restrictive and will cost them significant revenue on what would normally be a busy summer weekend. Merchants already suffered a downturn after last year's event; sales tax revenue dropped 11 percent in September 2017 compared with the year before, according to city figures.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York and Makini Brice in Washington; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

White nationalists leave rally in few numbers under police escort .
White nationalists attending the "Unite the Right 2" rally reportedly left in few numbers on Sunday in Washington, D.C. According to a local CBS affiliate, the roughly two dozen demonstrators who attended the white nationalist rally have been escorted out of Lafayette Park by local police to the cheers of hundreds of people protesting them. The 10-15 According to a local CBS affiliate, the roughly two dozen demonstrators who attended the white nationalist rally have been escorted out of Lafayette Park by local police to the cheers of hundreds of people protesting them.

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