Donald Trump condemns racism on anniversary of violent Charlottesville alt-right rally


"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump said Saturday on Twitter, without noting that most of the violence, including a auto ramming that killed counterprotester Heather Heyer and injured at least 20 others, was committed by neo-Nazi marchers. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, is in the background.

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy commented on the rally when saying, "They weren't doing anything that was unlawful".

Far-right groups and counterprotesters are expected to converge on the nation's capital Sunday, one year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one person dead and elevated racial tensions in America.

A makeshift memorial for Heyer has been started ahead of planned protests.

Hundreds of students and activists took to the streets on Saturday evening. "They are reclaiming that space because a year ago white supremacists came with their torches and took over that part of campus". "We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully". But they also reawakened our commitment to fight back against that ugliness of racism and bigotry.

President Donald Trump says he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence" as he marks the one-year anniversary of deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The area also includes the street where Heather Heyer was killed when a man attending the rally is accused of plowing into a crowd of people with his auto. "You know, I'm happy that things didn't get out of hand", said John Mason, an associate professor of history at UVA. Fields faces one federal hate crime, along with 28 additional charges.

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Officials declared states of emergency for both the city of Charlottesville and the state of Virginia to help law enforcement mobilise state and local resources for security reasons.

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.

Sunday's rally comes less than three months before midterm elections to determine whether Republicans maintain their majority in Congress. Democrats and independents are defending 25 seats in the Senate, compared to eight for Republicans, and need to win an additional net 23 seats to take over the House of Representatives. Miska is known for trying a year ago to remove the shroud covering the Robert E. Lee statue at the epicenter of the original rally.

A day after tensions between police and community activists almost boiled over on the University of Virginia's campus, the city of Charlottesville plans to mark Sunday's anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally against racial hatred. "It makes me feel deeply disturbed that they will be right outside of the White House, but where they are in physical proximity to our president or to this administration isn't really the biggest issue; It's that they feel emboldened to to convene again". "It's just too frightening to be here, not knowing what might happen".

In Charlottesville on Saturday, hundreds of marched against racism through the city's streets.

Now, one year later, she and a group of students planned to host a rally at the same spot speaking out against white supremacy. "It has people talking now".