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President Trump Issues Statement Ahead of Deadly Charlottesville Anniversary

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 President Trump Issues Statement Ahead of Deadly Charlottesville Anniversary
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2018, 13:25

The rally is timed for the one-year anniversary of the first Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia, which devolved into chaos and violence resulting in the death of a counter-protester. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, is in the background.

Charlottesville's downtown area is being locked down to two main entry points for pedestrians and the city has banned a long list of potential weapons, excluding firearms due to Virginia's open-carry law.

Hundreds of white nationalists are set to host "Unite the Right 2" in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening, one year after the rally in Charlottesville.

A makeshift memorial for Heyer has been started ahead of planned protests.

Majuto claimed that the police "were not on our side" past year when white supremacists confronted counterprotesters. "While we are opposed adamantly to what we are going to hear, we know what our responsibility is - to protect First Amendment events, to protect Washingtonians and to protect our city".

The mayor of the District of Columbia has activated the city's Emergency Operations Center to allow several local and federal law enforcement agencies to coordinate their resources.

President Donald Trump says he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence" as he marks the one-year anniversary of deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was hit by a auto and killed last year, has also spoken publicly leading up to the anniversary.

Bro's visit this weekend to the place where her daughter, Heather Heyer, 32, died is emblematic of her grit and the goal she found after the violent episode that shocked Charlottesville and the nation.

Bro said donations from around the world poured in to her family after Heyer's death, and that led Bro to start the Heather Heyer Foundation, which awards scholarship money to high school and college students.

Fields was charged with 29 hate crimes. A state police helicopter later crashed, killing two troopers.

Event: The rally will start in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., and run from August 11 to 12.

Sunday's rally comes less than three months before midterm elections to determine whether Republicans maintain their majority in Congress. Democrats and independents are defending 25 seats in the Senate, compared to eight for Republicans, and need to win an additional net 23 seats to take over the House of Representatives.

A anti-fascist protest in Charlottesville on Saturday passed off with little trouble.

The Virginia State Police has deployed hundreds of troopers to Charlottesville for the August 12 weekend in order to prepare for potential violence.

The uncertainty leading up to the anniversary put some people in Charlottesville on edge.

I'm in Charlottesville today writing about this extraordinary police presence. "It's just too frightening to be here, not knowing what might happen".

Officials quickly scuttled early talk of separate Metro cars to keep the groups separate after the union representing Metro's workforce, which is predominately people of color, balked at providing special service for racists. "Our community experienced a white supremacist terrorist attack, and we are resilient and we continue to fight white supremacy here every day". "It's also energized activists who are intent on fighting hate and not letting Charlottesville become some sort of shorthand for racial strife".