Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on Charlottesville anniversary; critics slam wording

Marsha Scott
August 12, 2018

"I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client", said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed almost a year ago in a vehicle attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, US.

Two Virginia State Police troopers also died when their helicopter crashed as they policed the event.

White nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville past year, billing it as a protest over the removal of a statue honouring a commander of the Confederate Army, the losing side in the US Civil War.

"Virginia continues to mourn the three Virginians who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations a year ago", Northam said.

Joan Fenton knows she will not make much money at her Charlottesville gift shop this weekend, when the downtown district will be virtually locked down for the anniversary of last year's deadly white nationalist rally.

The Virginia state of emergency ordered by Northam will allow state agencies to quickly mobilize resources to aid local authorities, the governor's office said. For example, the Shut It Down D.C. Coalition is producing a "Still Here, Still Strong" rally to counter "Unite the Right 2" starting at noon Sunday. Others say the violence has laid bare divisions over deeper issues of race and economic inequality and what should be done to move forward.

It is not clear whether any white nationalists will come to Charlottesville this weekend, but officials said they were preparing for any contingency.

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"We have learned many lessons from the tragic events of August 12, 2017".

The "Unite the Right" rally resulted in violent clashes between people from the left and right of the political equation, which led to one of Trump's more heavily-criticised reactions when he failed to identify and directly censure the alt-right movement.

On Aug. 7, 2017, "Unite the Right" organizer Jason Kessler said in a video posted to Twitter that Airbnb was canceling protest participant's reservations, and he told The New York Times that "hundreds of people have been put out of their accommodations".

Organizers for counter-demonstrations, including groups like Black Lives Matter and an individual who plans to burn a Confederate flag in Lafayette Park, have also received permits. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

The permit application said 400 people were expected for Sunday's event, but that number could change. He tried to clarify his comments later, specifically calling out Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan in a prepared statement. He also said the event is meant to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville Va".

On the eve of the August 12 rally, dozens of young white men wearing khakis and polo shirts marched through the University of Virginia's campus, carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

As well, National Guard vehicles stormed through the streets of the college town after a Dodge Challenger was rammed through a crowd of activists in the streets driven by self-proclaimed white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. of OH, who is now facing murder charges in Heyer's death. James Fields was charged with a hate crime for the death of Heather Heyer and is now on trial.

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