A state of emergency has been declared as precaution as City remembers the White Nationalist violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. More than a 1,000 police called in as Virginia city prepares to honor killed counter-protester Heather Heyer
CRIMSON TAZVINZWA--Hundreds of law enforcement officers are stationed around Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, as the city marks a year since violent white supremacist rallies sparked a deadly attack and open fighting in the streets.
The racist provocateur who organized last year’s far-right rally has moved on to Washington, DC, where he has received a permit to stage a “white civil rights rally” on Sunday in front of the White House.
But residents of Charlottesville are still shaken and on guard. There are no official far-right protests planned in town this weekend, but the city’s downtown area has been closed to traffic, and the University of Virginia, where hundreds of white supremacists marched with flaming torches last year, is restricting access to parts of its campus. On Wednesday, Virginia’s governor declared a state of emergency to help coordinate planning and response to the anniversary weekend.
The city is expecting large crowds to honor Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed when a car rammed into a packed street of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville on August 12 2017. Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, started a foundation in her honor, which has given out scholarships and grants to a diverse group of young Americans working against hate. Nearly two dozen people were also injured in the attack, which officials said was carried out by a 21-year-old white man from Ohio who had demonstrated with the white supremacist groups. Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.