Washington, DC Officials Prepare for Upcoming Nationalist Rally a Year After Charlottesville

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

Officials in Charlottesville have vowed a massive police presence - with some 1,000 personnel assigned - to deter any violence. An individual who plans to burn a Conderedate flag in the park also reportedly received a permit, according to ABC.

Members of 40 anti-racism groups plan to protest near Lafayette Square.

"It couldn't have possibly been worse than Charlottesville - they weren't just incompetent, they were malicious", Kessler said of the authorities in Virginia. About 400 people are expected to attend the so-called "First Amendment" event. But they also reawakened our commitment to fight back against that ugliness of racism and bigotry.

Racial tension threatens to rip open still healing wounds, one year after a white power march in Charlottesville left death and destruction in its wake.

The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was hit by a auto and killed last year, has also spoken publicly leading up to the anniversary.

Ahead of the anniversary of the deadly rally, Heyer's mother Susan Bro said she is proud of her daughter and the difference her legacy is making. Bro's desk at the Heather Heyer Foundation sports one of Heyer's favorite sayings: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention".

Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacists near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".

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"We join the commonwealth in declaring a state of emergency in advance of these planned events to ensure all available resources are in place and that we are fully prepared to keep the peace in Charlottesville August 10-12", he said.

A vehicle drove into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last August, killing a woman.

FBI Director Christopher Wray referenced Charlottesville last month while discussing foreign interference at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado and said "foreign influence" is playing a role in efforts to "spin up domestic extremist movements". The Stonewall Jackson monument near the courthouse has been barricaded; mesh fencing has been placed on the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park. Richard Spencer, a leading white-nationalist leader who helped Kessler organize last year's event, has said he will not participate in Sunday's rally.

The uncertainty leading up to the anniversary put some people in Charlottesville on edge.

"I was told, 'Yes, it did.' I was asked if this was classified, they said, 'No, it is not.' I waited until today", he explained.

There is concern that the anniversary of last year's bad, deadly event will draw a "sizable number of people" in Charlottesville for the weekend "with all sorts of agendas", Ryan expressed. "It has people talking now".

"Rather than try to pull the country together after Charlottesville -- rather than examine the impact of his own rhetoric and actions -- Trump has doubled down on the toxic xenophobia and fear mongering that have fueled his political life". "Charlottesville isn't something that happened", a local minister, Brittany Caine-Conley, tells Debbie.

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