Trump calls for peace on Charlottesville anniversary as residents on edge

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In Saturday's tweet, Trump says the "riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division". Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, is in the background.

They marched on the Downtown Mall, moved toward Market Street Park, but turned away.

Several dozen demonstrators from the so-called "antifa", or anti-fascist, movement marched to the spot where Heather Heyer was killed a year ago when a man linked to white supremacist groups rammed his vehicle into counter-protestors.

Protesters march at Lambeth field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 11, 2018. "This year they come w/ badges".

People across the country are marking the event's anniversary. But they also reawakened our commitment to fight back against that ugliness of racism and bigotry.

President Donald Trump on Saturday was critical of racism in a tweet acknowledging the anniversary of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned deadly a year ago. Crowds of white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed before a auto plowed into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer.

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.

District law states you can't deny service to anyone based on political affiliation, but when it comes to behavior that threatens a protected class, D.C. law does allow businesses to deny services. The Governor has declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville.

The Unite the Right 2 rally will take place Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Last month, a similar rally in Portland, Ore.

There are no official protests planned in Charlottesville this weekend. It's since been lifted, but there have been multiple marches to the downtown area - in one case, demonstrators threatened to knock the Robert E. Lee statue to the ground.

Shortly before a pre-planned evening rally to mark the anniversary of a campus confrontation between torch-carrying white nationalists and counterprotesters, activists unfurled a banner that read, "Last year they came w/ torches".

The uncertainty leading up to the anniversary put some people in Charlottesville on edge. 'But I have to be honest that the weight of it is getting to me today and tomorrow'.

Bro said people who hear her speak, or who know about what happened to Heyer, contact her and say they've been inspired. They spoke at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, where leaders urged a message of peace and inclusiveness, and noted that houses of worship and community centers would be open across the city for people wishing to contemplate a more uplifting message. Miska is known for trying past year to remove the shroud covering the Robert E. Lee statue at the epicenter of the original rally.

"Charlottesville isn't a hashtag. It's also energized activists who are intent on fighting hate and not letting Charlottesville become some sort of shorthand for racial strife".



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