Get ready for another white nationalist rally - and counterprotests, too

Get ready for another white nationalist rally - and counterprotests, too

Washington was bracing for a white nationalist rally on Sunday organised to coincide with the anniversary of last year's racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Failure to separate raging crowds in Charlottesville one year ago resulted in clashes. "Peace to ALL Americans!"

Last year, President Trump was criticized after the attack for saying there were "very fine people" on both sides of the rally, seemingly equating the actions of white nationalists with counter-protesters.

"Nazis and white supremacists are coming into our town after having killed individuals, after having terrorized communities like in Charlottesville", Firas Nasr, one of the event's organizers, told The Hill, " so we want to send a really clear message that we will not tolerate their hate, their bigotry, their racism, their xenophobia in our city and in our country".

One year after Susan Bro's daughter was killed when a vehicle plowed into counterprotesters at a rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bro plans to mark the tragedy by going to the street where it happened.

When Bro arrived, she entered through a crowd of Virginia State Police officers, rather than of the.

The president of the University of Virginia has offered an apology to the students and community members who faced off a year ago against white supremacists during a march through campus.

Susan Bo (left, in Charlottesville on Friday) told counter-protesters to make sure they stay safe at Sunday's Unite the Right 2 event in Washington.

"I will not serve anyone who has any kind of hate in their heart or obvious hate on this weekend or ever", Chef Brian Hill said. There, a woman named Heather Heyer was killed when a man drove a auto into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.

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"They are here to control us!" protesters chanted, as Sandy Hausman of member station WVTF reported.

But some critics jumped on the president's wording of "all types of racism", saying this was just another version of Trump's claim previous year that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

Jason Kessler, who also organized last year's event, predicted 400 in his permit application, but turnout could be much lower.

The Rev. Seth Wispelwey is a founder of a group of clergy and lay people called "Congregate C-ville" previous year.

"If we ignore them, they think they have won because they have had the ... playing field all to themselves".

Last night, crowds of students and their supporters rallied in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia to mark the anniversary and stand against white supremacy.

22-year-old Clara Carlson, who graduated from the university this year, says the rally was created to send a message that "we're still here and we're still fighting".

Kessler's event is expected to be dwarfed by counter-protesters from at least 40 anti-racism groups, including the leftist anti-fascist group Antifa.

An independent investigation of last year's rally violence found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police.

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