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2nd Unite the Right rally happening in Washington Sunday

12 August 2018

As officials in the U.S. capital of Washington and in the neighboring state of Virginia brace for the first anniversary of a white nationalist rally that exploded in deadly violence, U.S. President Donald Trump Saturday issued a plea for unity.

The mother of Heather Heyer, who died a year ago when a white nationalist slammed his auto into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, has urged people to stay peaceful as Washington DC readies itself for Unite the Right 2.

Majuto said police "were not on our side" previous year when white supremacists surrounded counterprotesters on the rotunda.

To avoid a repeat of last year's scenario, when a violent white nationalist rally's clash with the left resulted in one death and dozens of injuries, Charlottesville authorities refused to grant a permit for another "Unite the Right" rally.

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.

"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted. But this year, UVA Students United, Black Lives Matter, Anti-Fascist and community members joined forces to protest.

Sunday is the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville, where hundreds of rally participants gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park that was named after the Confederate general.

Hundreds of students and protesters descended on Charlottesville's downtown mall and the University of Virginia on Saturday.

Susan Bo told counter-protesters to make sure they stay safe at Sunday's event.

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"We are treating this as a statewide event", Jeffrey Stern, state coordinator of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, said at a news conference Wednesday.

But the day was largely free of confrontation, and rumors that white nationalists planned a return to Charlottesville on Saturday turned out to be unfounded.

Last year, 22-year-old Clara Carlson faced down the group of white supremacists who marched through campus, surrounding her and a group of friends.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed at last year's rally after James Alex Fields Jr. struck her with his vehicle. The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor's motorcade crashed, killing two troopers.

'As long as I'm working, I'm not thinking too much or feeling too much, ' Bro said.

"Cops and Klan go hand in hand", he said.

"Last year, I was afraid of the Nazis". An extensive review identified "gaps" in planning and communication among agencies, culminating in this year's plan, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said.

Mr. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for his response in the aftermath of the unrest a year ago.

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, now running for the US Senate from Utah, said in an essay published at the weekend that he disagreed with Trump's declaration that many "good people" had taken part on the white nationalist side of the Charlottesville event.

2nd Unite the Right rally happening in Washington Sunday