Activists Met With Tense Confrontation On Charlottesville Anniversary

Activists Met With Tense Confrontation On Charlottesville Anniversary

"It feels good that they're here in front of our store". The statue and the park in which it's located were the center of last year's Unite the Right rally. After last year's deadly event, several far-right groups sought to distant themselves from the alt-right.

Congressman Tom Garrett, R. -Va., on Saturday said Russian Federation is to blame for some of the hate spewed from last year's rally. Government and police officials in Washington have expressed confidence the city can manage the events without violence; the mayor and police chief have promised a massive security mobilization to keep protesters and counter-protesters apart. The conflict culminated in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, when James Alex Fields Jr., whose social media accounts included posts espousing white supremacy, purposely drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

The violence culminated with a man driving a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people.

The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor's motorcade crashed, killing two troopers.

Clara Carlson was one of those counterprotesters.

"We're here to let white supremacists, fascists, neo-nazis and their sympathizers know that DC has driven out these types of white supremacists before and we will do it again", Makia Green, an organizer for Black Lives Matter DC, said in a statement. On Saturday night, she was angry at the police response to the student rally.

Sunday's rallies come at a time when the wounds from last year's clash in Charlottesville remain raw, particularly in regards to the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer, who was killed when a suspected neo-Nazi sympathizer drove a vehicle into a crowd.

District law states you can't deny service to anyone based on political affiliation, but when it comes to behavior that threatens a protected class, D.C. law does allow businesses to deny services. "I was grateful that I was able to come out of that alive".

Less remembered from that Trump Tower news conference a year ago is that the president also claimed that racial tensions would be lessened with a growing economy. Though there were no white nationalist events scheduled, many feared a repeat of past year, when authorities were blasted for being underprepared for the violence that broke out.

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The increased police presence is meant to serve as a "deterrent to anyone who would want to come into the community and exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that would violate someone else's First Amendment rights", Brackney said.

"Last year, I was afraid of the Nazis".

"I think there is blame on both sides", the president told reporters that day in August 2017.

But others said Saturday they were comforted by the security measures.

Only took him a year.

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FILE - A vehicle plows into a group of counter-protesters marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the day of the "Unite the Right" rally, August 12, 2017, killing one person and injuring scores of others.

The rally is being billed as a "white civil rights rally" meant to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told The Associated Press that she'd been dreading the first anniversary of her daughter's death and compared losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves repeatedly roll in.

'If you rush to heal, if you rush to everybody grab each other and sing kumbaya, we will be back here in a few years, ' she said.

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