Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

2nd Unite the Right rally happening in Washington Sunday

Maryland, DC Prepare For Unite The Right Rally Washington, D.C., prepares for potential showdown at white-supremacist...
Deanna Wagner | 12 August, 2018, 11:16

Hundreds of students and left-wing activists took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, as a rally to mark the anniversary of last year's white nationalist gathering turned largely into an anti-police protest.

On Saturday, anti-fascist marchers in Charlottesville held peaceful demonstrations against white supremacy as many people laid flowers on a makeshift memorial to Heather Heyer, who was killed in last year's violence while protesting the extreme right.

Authorities had carefully planned for Saturday's event in Charlottesville, which past year became the scene of the Unite the Right rally's clash with the leftist Antifa protesters.

He called for the nation to "come together" after a week in which he stoked racial divisions with attacks on black athletes and other minorities.

He then condemned all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.

(CNN)White nationalists and other right-wing groups will gather along the lawns and brick paths of Lafayette Square in the shadow of the White House on Sunday for a controversial "white civil rights rally".

White nationalists are again planning the rally this year outside the president's home in Washington D.C.

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. Soon after though, he said that while there were bad people in the white supremacist group, "you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides".

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"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street.

An independent investigation of last year's rally violence found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police.

Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacist marchers near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery". I hope that as we remember the lives lost a year ago, we also renew our commitment to equity and diversity.

Carlson said police didn't intervene to help her or her friends that night a year ago. The city rejected several event permit requests in downtown, including one for "Unite the Right 2".

Kessler, a Charlottesville resident and University of Virginia graduate, sued Charlottesville after city officials denied him a permit for an anniversary event, according to the Associated Press. Richard Spencer, a leading white-nationalist leader who helped Kessler organize last year's event, has said he will not participate in Sunday's rally.

Activists in Charlottesville plan a rally against hate on Saturday, and numerous same alt-right groups that appeared in last year's "Unite the Right" rally are planning a sequel in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.