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Ahead of Charlottesville Anniversary Rally, Virginia Declares State of Emergency

11 August 2018

- Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in Virginia ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville rally. Two Virginia state troopers also died as they were responding to the violence when their helicopter crashed. According to the governor's office, the declaration will also allocate $2 million in order to pay for the response.

This weekend's event is expected to draw white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan supporters, just like the first event in Charlottesville. Those groups also have permits for McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.

"I will not serve anyone who has any kind of hate in their heart or obvious hate on this weekend or ever", Chef Brian Hill said. "We have people coming to our city for the sole objective of spewing hate".

"As we face this invasion of vile and perverted ideology infesting our region, we stand united in our conviction that a diverse and inclusive Maryland is a stronger Maryland", he said. This also from the president who said that 'Mexicans are bringing crime, they're bringing guns, they're rapists, some I assume are good people. It occurred in 2017, from August 11 to 12, and was prompted by the city's plans to eradicate a Confederate statue from a local park.

Newsham declined to give specifics about a closed-door planning meeting held Wednesday with city and homeland security, but he did address concerns that alt-right and KKK groups would be escorted by police. "The only accommodation that the Metropolitan Police Department is providing is to make sure that everybody who is in our city on that day doesn't get hurt".

Bowser said she recently spoke with an elderly Washington, D.C., resident who told her she was afraid. "A lot of experience". "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

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Unite the Right said on its website that supporters will march from a nearby subway station to Lafayette Park at 5pm (2100 GMT).

"While some of them come in peace, others have expressed an intent on social media to do harm", he said.

The second iteration of the white nationalist gathering is set to take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

Stern and other state, county and city officials said to expect large numbers of law enforcement officers in and around Charlottesville as part of a large-scale, multiagency safety and security plan to head off violence. He added that the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville included "some very fine people".

The images of people carrying torches and shouting racist slogans as they marched shocked the city, the country and the world.

As well, National Guard vehicles stormed through the streets of the college town after a Dodge Challenger was rammed through a crowd of activists in the streets driven by self-proclaimed white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. of OH, who is now facing murder charges in Heyer's death.

Ahead of Charlottesville Anniversary Rally, Virginia Declares State of Emergency