Activists rally against hate on Charlottesville anniversary

WHSV file image of a line of Virginia State Police troopers at the

WHSV file image of a line of Virginia State Police troopers at the"Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia, braces for the one-year mark of the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters, and the city is responding by holding anti-racism events this weekend.

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.

"I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence", Trump added, before declaring, "Peace to ALL Americans!". "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

At a white nationalist rally in Portland last week, police officers were accused of using more force against peaceful counter-protestors than the far-right militants.

The D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham at a press conference said law enforcement is focused on keeping the groups separate from each other in order to avoid the level of physical violence seen in Charlottesville a year ago.

The Downtown Business Association says at least 15 shops down on the mall will be open Saturday.

Concrete barriers and metal fences had been erected, and police were searching bags at two checkpoints where people could enter or leave.

This weekend's event is expected to draw white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan supporters, just like the first event in Charlottesville.

Chaos erupted before the event even began, with participants and counter-protesters brawling in the street.

But some critics jumped on the president's wording of "all types of racism", saying this was just another version of Trump's claim past year that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

The crowd was eventually forced to disperse but a auto that authorities say was driven by a man fascinated with Adolf Hitler later plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters.

On the day's itinerary were several remembrance events, including a "morning of reflection and renewal", a poetry session, and an appearance by University of Virginia President James Ryan, who was on deck to speak.

Charlottesville officials said that as of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday three men were arrested "inside and in proximity to the security area in downtown Charlottesville".

"I was told, 'Yes, it did.' I was asked if this was classified, they said, 'No, it is not.' I waited until today", he explained.

The independent review by former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy was sharply critical of both the city and state police, saying both "failed to "stand up" to protect human life".

The FBI did not immediately return CNN's request for comment on the congressman's remarks.

But Jason Kessler, who organised last year's rally, is gearing up for a second iteration in Washington, DC, on Sunday.

Fields was charged with 29 hate crimes. The city attorney took a new job, the city manager's contract was not renewed, a spokeswoman quit and the police chief, who was 50 at the time, retired after less than two years on the job. "If you're going to be in town on Saturday, August 11th please stay with trusted friends and don't talk to strangers about your participation in the rally", the website says.

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. The state's declaration allocates $2 million in state funds and authorizes the Virginia National Guard to assist in security efforts.

Carlson's group locked arms and chanted slogans of their own, including "Black Lives Matter!" and "No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA!"

Earlier this week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville both declared states of emergency for events in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.

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