Opponents are mobilizing in Washington, D.C.to confront hundreds of white supremacists after an organizer of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was granted permission to stage another demonstration outside the White House on the one-year anniversary Sunday. Those torches carried by white supremacists in Charlottesville a year ago shone a light on an ugly truth.
Both Charlottesville, Va., and D.C. are bracing for potential violence in the vein of last August's "Unite the Right" rally, at which one person was killed and 19 were injured after a white nationalist plowed his auto into counterprotesters assembled after their Charlottesville rally.
"We have learned many lessons from the tragic events of August 12, 2017".
Last year, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when she was struck by a auto that had plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter during the events. Streets and parks will be closed and are restricting access to a "security area".
Other businesses have taken similar approaches and have said they will deny services to attendees of the Unite the Right rally.
ANSWER Coalition also plans on demonstrating in Lafayette Park - the same location as the Unite the Right rally. This from the president who said that Haitians--all Haitians have AIDS.
In downtown Charlottesville, Va., authorities are limiting vehicle and pedestrian traffic, dozens of police in riot gear are patrolling a park in the city's center and some residents have left town in case the weekend turns violent.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said she signed an order raising the city's emergency level to allow for additional resources for safety, traffic management and public works.
Authorities are bracing for the anniversary of last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The march will start at a Metro station near the Capitol at 5pm and end with a demonstration in Lafayette Square Park that sits directly opposite from the White House.
One of those businesses, Chief Brian' Comfort Kitchen, is located just blocks from where the epicenter for the rally will be held and its owner said he will take a stand against those attending the Unite the Right rally. Police at last year's event were criticized for being caught off guard by the violence, failing to keep feuding groups apart and not reacting quickly enough as fights broke out. Also expected are members of Black Lives Matter, Shut It Down D.C. and other groups protesting a variety of topics, including immigration policies.
Newsham said the permit allowed for 400 demonstrators, and that overflow zones will be available should more protesters arrive.
President Donald Trump on Saturday used one of his morning Twitter missives to acknowledge that the weekend marks the first anniversary of Charlottesville, Virginia's deadly white nationalist rally and to condemn racism in America.
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