Charlottesville: Protesters, counterprotesters gather on anniversary of white nationalist rally

Students and activists are rallying Saturday evening at the University of Virginia's campus in Charlottesville to mark the one-year anniversary of the Virginia White Nationalist Rally.

He adds that, "We must come together as a nation. Peace to ALL Americans!", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump's tweet Saturday, his first public mention of the anniversary, did not label the event as a white supremacist rally or specify that it was a white rallygoer who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.

Bro said there are racial disparities in Charlottesville and throughout the country, noting that "we have got to fix this, or we'll be back right here in no time".

One year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a counterprotester dead, the event's organizer is producing an encore. She recognized the other victims of the attack, which injured dozens of people, and thanked the two Virginia state troopers killed in a helicopter crash for their sacrifice.

The white nationalist group plans to march from the city's Foggy Bottom neighborhood to Lafayette Square, directly in front of the White House.

City officials denied requests for event permits in downtown Charlottesville, including one from Jason Kessler, who wanted to hold a "Unite the Right 2" rally in the same place as a year ago.

President Donald Trump sent out a message prior to the rally on Saturday morning, condemning all racism and violence. Heyer was killed when a white supremacist rammed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters during the riot.

U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy criticized the performance of Charlottesville officials and the state police, saying they "failed to "stand up" to protect human life".

Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence with marches, vigils and other community events that began unfolding peacefully amid a heavy police presence. Carlson, 22, said she feared for her life when she and a group of her friends were surrounded by the phalanx of young white men at the statue.

Some say they had hoped for better relations this year.

"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.

Members of Antifa led a tense march from the University of Virginia campus through Charlottesville Saturday night, shouting at police, "Last year they came w/ torches. They are afraid of us because we are demanding change from the university", Carlson said. The speakers listed on the permit include David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader; the former town manager of Jackman, Maine, who was sacked for endorsing the idea that races should "voluntarily separate;" and a Holocaust denier who recently tried to run for Congress in California.

Law enforcement officials faced blistering criticism in the wake of last year's rally for what was perceived as a passive response to the violence that unfolded.

The 2018 Unite the Right Rally will be held in the nation's capital and is expected to draw various extremist groups, potentially including some of the white supremacist and white nationalist organizations present in Charlottesville a year ago.

  • Tracy Klein