Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump condemns racism on anniversary of Charlottesville rally

Trump condemns racism on anniversary of Charlottesville rally

CBS affiliate WCAV-TV says the response efforts have been in development since March. He said they've taken lessons from what happened a year ago in Charlottesville, Va. Last year's rally exposed a racial divide in the city, Debbie says.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam asked residents to "make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate".

Stern and other state, county and city officials said to expect large numbers of law enforcement officers in and around Charlottesville as part of a large-scale, multiagency safety and security plan to head off violence.

It activated the Virginia Emergency Operations Center to coordinate state resources and allocated $2 million to pay for the state's response.

Sunday's Unite the Right rally in LaFayette Park near the White House is organized by Jason Kessler, who invited the NSM to the Charlottesville event. Richard Spencer, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, led a group of torch-carrying protesters to the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park in May 2017. The Park Service also has approved a permit for the ANSWER Coalition and Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which is combining forces with DC Unite Against Hate.

"I held her hand and said, 'I'm going to make this count'".

This time, supporters plan to gather in a much more high-profile setting: Lafayette Square park, directly across the street from the White House.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland is ready to help.

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But he doesn't believe local leaders have spoken up enough against these types of demonstrations. This also from the president who said that 'Mexicans are bringing crime, they're bringing guns, they're rapists, some I assume are good people.

Newsham declined to give specifics about a closed-door planning meeting held Wednesday with city and homeland security, but he did address concerns that alt-right and KKK groups would be escorted by police. He said then that there were "very fine people, on both sides", and later, "blame on both sides". Union president Jackie Jetere said in a statement that while the transit workers are "proud to provide transit to everyone for the many events we have in D.C.", citing the March for Life and the Women's March, "we draw the line at giving special accommodation to hate groups and hate speech".

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.

- Airbnb has threatened to cancel the accounts of anyone renting from them who participates in the Unite the Right rally in the District this weekend.

Law enforcement and D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser stood shoulder-to-shoulder Thursday touting lessons learned from past year and patrolling other controversial demonstrations.

Unite the Right rally is also known as the Charlottesville rally or Charlottesville riots. The list of scheduled speakers included several leading white nationalist figures, including Richard Spencer. The group paraded through the University of Virginia's campus, shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

The city is expecting large crowds to honor Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed when a vehicle rammed into a packed street of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville on August 12 2017.

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