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"We have seen in the past where these two groups have been in the same area at the same time, it leads to violent confrontations", Newsham said at a press briefing Thursday.

Chants included "no justice, no peace", "take the statues down", and anti-police messages such as "last year they came with torches, this year, they came with badges".

On the lawn, protesters confronted a line of police wearing riot gear.

Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally a year ago for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying "both sides" were to blame.

The standoff ended without any clashes as organizers urged the crowd to move away and begin marching off campus.

The rest of the day had been much quieter.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, when many shops were beginning to open, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors in the popular downtown shopping district.

Concrete barriers and metal fences were put up and police were searching bags at checkpoints.

Police mobilises hundreds of officers as anti-fascist activists rally peacefully in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia to mark the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence.

Lara Mitchell, a sales associate at Ten Thousand Villages, a shop that sells artwork, jewelry, and other items, said the security seemed "a little bit over the top". "It feels good that they're here in front of our store". After last year's deadly event, several far-right groups sought to distant themselves from the alt-right.

Any response from Trump to this year's demonstrations could have consequences as Democrats look to harness outrage for electoral gains. Members of the sometimes violent movement known as antifa were expected to be among the counterprotesters Sunday.

The violence culminated when a man plowed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring 19. And two Virginia state troopers died when their surveillance helicopter crashed near the protests.

UVA President James Ryan spoke to a crowd gathered Saturday morning for a service of reflection on the anniversary of the march.

State Police inspection bags as they lock down the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

Bro said Heyer, a paralegal for a Charlottesville law firm, helped her understand white privilege, and she has been attempting to explain that to others. "They wanted people to fight so they could deny us our First Amendment rights". I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down.

Some community activists were concerned that this year's heavy police presence could be a counterproductive overreaction.

Authorities came under harsh criticism for underestimating the potential for unrest at last year's rally.

In Washington on Saturday evening, almost two dozen police officers patrolled Lafayette Square, where members of the Washington chapter of Black Lives Matter were sprinkled through the park, seemingly standing on guard.

"Last year, I was afraid of the Nazis".

"And, to me, that's where change has to happen", she said. Bro said they tell her that if she can stand up, they can, too.

Bro, who was not in Charlottesville a year ago when her daughter was killed, said she understands why some people are in "high anxiety", particularly people who may have seen the violence and are "still living the trauma of that".

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