City Remembers White Supremacist Rally  That Triggered Deadly Violence In Charlottesville

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

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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.

A sign hangs by the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E Lee in Charlottesville ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” white nationalist rallies
 A sign hangs by the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E Lee in Charlottesville ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” white nationalist rallies Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters
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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.

 Police officers walk past a statue of Confederate leader Robert E Lee in Market Street Park as they set up a perimeter to prevent a repeat of last year’s Unite the Right rally in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

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