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Deanna Wagner | 12 August, 2018, 17:46

As officials in the U.S. capital of Washington and in the neighboring state of Virginia brace for the first anniversary of a white nationalist rally that exploded in deadly violence, U.S. President Donald Trump Saturday issued a plea for unity.

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.

Following the tragedy, President Trump denounced the violent rally, while noting there was "blame on both sides".

Demonstrators carry banners on the campus of the University of Virginia during a rally for the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

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.

In a tweet over the weekend, Trump said he condemned "all types of racism and acts of violence". I hope that as we remember the lives lost a year ago, we also renew our commitment to equity and diversity.

A student rally has been planned this weekend in Charlottesville to reclaim the campus square where the white supremacists marched a year ago wielding tiki torches.

The protestors eventually walked away and no arrests were made.

The state of emergency will stay in place in Charlottesville through the weekend so people can go and honor Heyer's life along with the two state troopers who also died a year ago.

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Fighting broke out between attendees and counterprotesters that day. "It's another thing when we look at the direction that you're going and see that the very things that you say that you stand for, you undermine through your actions".

Another far right rally is scheduled to take place this Sunday in close proximity to the White House. You let it go and you're OK until the next one comes.

Chants included "no justice, no peace", "take the statues down", and anti-police messages such as "last year they came with torches, this year, they came with badges".

The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was hit by a auto and killed last year, has also spoken publicly leading up to the anniversary.

Carlson said police didn't intervene to help her or her friends that night past year. Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.

A statement from the university said that restricting access to the Lawn will help them "continue to prepare for and secure both the UVA-sponsored events on Saturday morning in Old Cabell Hall and a student-organized rally on the North Plaza of the Rotunda" that will be from 7 9 p.m. on Saturday.

A report on last year's rally found city and state police weren't able to communicate by radio during the unrest because they didn't properly coordinate ahead of time.

The organizer of last year's rally, Jason Kessler, had vowed to hold a rally in a park near the White House on August 12 after Charlottesville denied him a permit.