Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Heather Heyer Remembered By Lawmakers, Activists On Charlottesville Anniversary

Heather Heyer Remembered By Lawmakers, Activists On Charlottesville Anniversary

"We must come together as a nation", he wrote.

"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted. "I think there's blame on both sides", Trump said.

The president's response to last year's rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew intense criticism when he declared at a Trump Tower news conference that there were "very fine people on both sides".

White nationalists are again planning to rally Sunday, this year at Lafayette Park, just across from the White House, where a large counter protest is also scheduled. The declarations enable law enforcement to access state resources, including the National Guard, if unrest breaks out at events in and around Charlottesville and outside Washington, where a "Unite the Right 2" rally is set to occur. "We really have not treated people of color in the same way we ourselves want to be treated". "We denounce hate. We denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric we expect to hear this Sunday".

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham have promised a massive security mobilization to keep protesters and counter-protesters apart.

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"Officers will be on high alert for anyone who will be carrying a firearm", he warned.

Attendees: According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the rally's confirmed speakers include neo-Nazi Patrick Little, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, South African survivalist Simon Roche, a guy from Patriot Prayer, the editor of the Revolutionary Conservative, Kessler's reported attorney Corey Mahler, and "pro-white" town manager Tom Kawczynski.

The organizer of "Unite the Right 2", Virginia activist and blogger Jason Kessler, led the contingent.

Last year, on August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision chose to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park. He said he was concerned that when rallies turn violent, it makes his side look bad.

The "Rally for Justice" event was tied to the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally, which resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.

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In addition, two police officers died in a helicopter crash while they were monitoring the protests.

The counterprotesters outside included Paul Mitchell, a 62-year-old retired U.S. Parks Police sergeant who held a hand-painted sign that read "No Nazis, no KKK, no racists, no way". "We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully".

The city of Charlottesville marked the anniversary of last year's white supremacist violence that sent ripples through the country with largely peaceful vigils and other events, but police had a brief, tense confrontation with demonstrators angry over the heavy security presence there this weekend. A year ago, his first Unite the Right rally there turned deadly when Heather Heyer, 32, a legal assistant, was killed when a auto slammed into a counterprotest.

The original Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was to oppose plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park.

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