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Trump calls for peace on Charlottesville anniversary as residents on edge

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Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2018, 18:27

The student rally escalated enough to prompt a lockdown at UVA medical.

Bro, who was not in Charlottesville previous year when her daughter was killed, said she understands why some people are in "high anxiety", particularly people who may have seen the violence and are "still living the trauma of that".

Things escalated when police surrounded class halls.

"Why are you in riot gear?" Miska is known for trying previous year to remove the shroud covering the Robert E. Lee statue at the epicenter of the original rally.

The group made its way to downtown before dispersing.

John Peter Miska, 64, of Albemarle County, Va., was arrested for possessing prohibited items during the event. Miska was released on a summons.

"This event on Sunday will be that which allows the First Amendment to occur because our beat, our daily responsibilities on the National Mall is our nation's civic stage", said Unite States Park Police Chief Robert MacLean. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally. On Wednesday, Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency to help coordinate planning and response to the anniversary weekend.

Trump's daughter Ivanka, a White House aide, was more explicit in her condemnation of the "ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence" previous year at Charlottesville. "Looks like it was payback time". Those torches carried by white supremacists in Charlottesville a year ago shone a light on an ugly truth. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the rally "reawakened our commitment to fight back against that ugliness of racism and bigotry". Hatred has no home in this Commonwealth.

"We've always acted as if black lives never mattered, as if people of color never mattered", Bro told Cooper on Full Circle.

Grace Aheron, an organizer for Showing Up for Racial Justice, said a "militarized police presence" doesn't make the city safer.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told The Associated Press that she'd been dreading the first anniversary of her daughter's death and compared losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves repeatedly roll in.

Trump has retweeted white nationalist material, said Mexicans crossing the United States border are rapists and drug dealers, once referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as "Miss Housekeeping" and employed Steve Bannon, a central figure of the new "alt-right" in America, as his campaign chief and top strategist for a time. "We all have a responsibility to be involved and to act".

NPR's Debbie Elliott reports that memorials have been planned throughout the week.

Ahead of Saturday's events in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia closed the Lawn Friday night out of an abundance of caution; it will stay closed until noon Sunday.

On Sunday, protesters are expected to begin gathering at noon at Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from Lafayette Square, for a rally that will include speeches and music.

NBC12 will have crews in both Charlottesville and D.C. throughout the weekend and will have updates both on air and online.

Several events are scheduled in Charlottesville to observe what happened previous year and promote racial healing.

Fencing and rails have been placed on Confederate monuments throughout the city.