Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

U.S. Park Police are seen working in riot gear in Washington. Government and police officials in the nation’s capital say they are confident the city can manage to host this weekend’s planned white nationalist

U.S. Park Police are seen working in riot gear in Washington. Government and police officials in the nation’s capital say they are confident the city can manage to host this weekend’s planned white nationalist

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said, following the events.

The rally attracted counter protesters, and clashes quickly broke out between the two groups.

President Trump grew criticism a year ago for his initial response the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally as he said "hate" came from "all sides".

"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street.

Unite the Right leaders said they are using Sunday's rally in the nation's capital as an opportunity to stand up for their civil rights.

After a few minutes, most of the demonstrators began to walk away.

Michael Shallal, a member of the D.C. chapter of the International Socialists Organization, one of the organizing groups of the Freedom Plaza rally, said that participants from the Washington region and up and down the East Coast will take part in Sunday's event.

The 2017 Charlottesville rally, which drew white supremacists and neo-Nazis, was originally meant to protest the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee that still stands.

The area also includes the street where Heather Heyer was killed when a man attending the rally is accused of plowing into a crowd of people with his vehicle.

The remarks swayed from his comments after last year's "Unite the Right" rally in the city, which led to violence and several deaths, when Neo-Nazi sympathizers and counterprotesters clashed during demonstrations.

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An independent investigation by a former federal prosecutor of last year's rally determined the violence got out of hand, in part, because law enforcement was overly passive and uncoordinated.

The "Rally for Justice" event was tied to the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally, which resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.

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

The security measures alarmed activists but reassured others who said they have painful memories of last year's chaos. And two Virginia state troopers died when their surveillance helicopter crashed near the protests. The local chapter of Black Lives Matter is also planning a separate march to the site.

"We're bringing people from all over Sandtown, and all over Baltimore City, to go to the Unite the Right Rally", said Reverend Rodney Hudson of Ames Memorial United Methodist Church.

That protest left one person dead and highlighted the growing boldness of the far right under Trump.

Carlson said police didn't intervene to help her or her friends that night a year ago. Last month, a similar rally in Portland, Ore.

Earlier this week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville both declared states of emergency for events in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.

Throughout the day, only three people were arrested on misdemeanor charges, one for trespassing, one for disorderly conduct and one for possessing a prohibited item, the city said.

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