Virginia Declares State of Emergency Amid Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

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President Donald Trump was roundly condemned previous year for saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands".

He was responsible for putting together the Charlottesville rally that led to the death of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer about a year ago.

On Saturday, Trump condemned "all types of racism" in a Twitter post marking the anniversary. "Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.

White nationalists exchange volleys of pepper spray with counterprotesters as they enter Lee Park during the Unite the Right rally on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va.

A group anti-fascism demonstrators march in the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., August 11, 2018.

His apparent refusal to condemn neo-Nazis and violent white nationalist groups elicited strong bipartisan pushback.

More than 200 marched to another part of campus, where many shouted at a line of officers.

Activists in Charlottesville plan a rally against hate on Saturday, and numerous same alt-right groups that appeared in last year's "Unite the Right" rally are planning a sequel in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. States of emergency were declared Wednesday for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Charlottesville.

University of Virginia professor Lisa Woolfork says she doesn't know anyone who feels safer because of the increased police presence.

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The National Park Service also issued permits for events organized by DC United Against Hate, New York Black Lives Matter, and other groups.

"That happened and we have to recognize it, but that's a symptom of the underlying disease", said Kibiriti Majuto, a student organizer.

Even after a year, Trump has still not specified whom he considered to be among the "very fine people" who joined the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He said then that there were "good people on both sides", and later "blame on both sides".

Numerous weapons and items that could be considered an "implement of riots" (see list here) are forbidden in the secure area, as well as masks or hoods that hide one's identity.

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

Both Market Street Park, where last year's rally was held, and Court Square Park will be completely fenced off, according to city spokesman Brian Wheeler. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.

Attendees of "Unite the Right 2", a follow-up to the controversial far-right protest past year, have been told to bring Confederate flags, wear body cameras and expect to be provoked. Their permit says they are "protesting civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

Videos from the march show police in neon riot gear flanking peaceful protesters on all sides as they march through the streets.

'We have a number of techniques to keep them separate, ' Newsham said.

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