State of emergency declared in preparation of Unite the Right anniversary

State of emergency declared in preparation of Unite the Right anniversary

State of emergency declared in preparation of Unite the Right anniversary

On Sunday, demonstrators are set to hold a "white civil rights rally" on the anniversary of last year's "Unite the Right" protest.

The formal rally was scheduled to start at noon Saturday but the first skirmishes of the day between protesters and counter-protesters were reported that morning.

Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence. The next day, hundreds of white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the streets before a auto plowed into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Trump drew condemnation in the days that followed when he appeared to equivocate the actions of white supremacists and those that opposed them.

"I was just shaking I could not believe what I was seeing", said Henderson.

"A group of white nationalists came to a peaceful Virginia town seeking to use hate and division to incite violence against fair-minded, innocent civilians", Warner tweeted.

Criticism came from within Trump's administration, including from Gary Cohn, at the time the president's economic adviser.

And in Wisconsin, Paul Nehlen, the leading Republican running to fill the seat in Congress now held by retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, has emerged as a leader of the alt-right movement.

In downtown Charlottesville, Va., authorities are limiting vehicle and pedestrian traffic, dozens of police in riot gear are patrolling a park in the city's center and some residents have left town in case the weekend turns violent.

"There is no intention to accommodate one side or the other", Newsham said.

"Our goal is to prevent that from occurring". Masks, hoods or anything that can hide the face have also been banned. Rally participants carried rifles, shields, neo-Nazi paraphernalia, Confederate battle flags and reportedly chanted Nazi slogans.

The rally in Charlottesville, known as Unite the Right, was organized to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va.

Speaking by telephone on Friday, Kessler said he's feeling a lot better about the safety precautions for the Washington rally. An extensive review identified "gaps" in planning and communication among agencies, culminating in this year's plan, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said.

"They want to be open in solidarity with the community", Fenton said.

"Declaring this state of emergency in advance of the anniversary and the related planned events will help us ensure that the state and the city have all available resources to support emergency responders in case they're needed", Northam, a Democrat, stated in the announcement. It discourages marchers from staying with strangers or telling them about the march.

"We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"D.C. police deal with protests every week and more or less have unlimited resources".

"I think there is still this mistaken belief that if you ignore these people to some degree, that there won't be as many problems", said Puryear. Last month, a similar rally in Portland, Ore.

The president's approval rating remains high among Republican voters, leaving most members of his party in Congress loathe to publicly criticize him.

Mr. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for his response in the aftermath of the unrest a year ago.

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