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Charlottesville Anniversary: Rallies Planned One Year After Death of Heather Heyer

13 August 2018

Participants are expected to meet at Washington's Foggy Bottom subway station at 5 p.m. ET before marching to Lafayette Square park, across the street from the White House, according to the permit application. Some leading figures in the USA white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away.

"Nasr said the event, "#ResisDance", is was organized by a collective of queer and trans organizers under Shut it Down D.C., which is coalition of different organizations and local groups based in the DC metropolitan area.

On Saturday night, University of Virginia students and other activists briefly confronted police over the heavy security presence at a rally.

Black Lives Matter militants say last year's incident was not an isolated one. "We don't see no riot here", student activists chanted Saturday evening. More than 200 marched to another part of campus, where many shouted at a line of officers.

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Facing another round of accusations of bigotry and approaching the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has in recent days gone on the offensive, arguing that he is the president of "ALL Americans".

The emergency declaration mobilizes and funds resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard and others. They described a massive influx of law enforcement officers, two checkpoints south of the Downtown Mall and a significant list of items banned within the perimeter.

Saturday morning UVA President James Ryan spoke at an event reflecting on the university's response to last year's violence.

Police were out in force in Washington on Sunday ahead of a white nationalist rally that was organised to coincide with the anniversary of last year's racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. "If you had told me 20 years ago that 20 years into the future we'd be dealing with white supremacists on grounds, I would've laughed in your face. They are afraid of us because we are demanding change from the university", Carlson said.

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On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E Lee from a park. A series of counterprotests are planned in Washington throughout the day, led by members of 40 anti-racism groups.

Two Virginia state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates, also died during the white nationalist rally.

Bro said she's spoken to "hundreds of thousands of people" about how to address these issues, adding that she was surprised by the amount of people who were determined to take a stand when they heard stories about her daughter. However, that has become Susan Bro's reality this past year, now standing in the same spot where her daughter, Heather Heyer, was killed. Don't respond to the violence if you can protect yourself without it and do not let your guard down, ' she told CBS News.

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Charlottesville Anniversary: Rallies Planned One Year After Death of Heather Heyer