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Heavy security as Charlottesville stores open

Heavy security as Charlottesville stores open

Charlottesville, Virginia denied a permit for this repeat event, so organizers chose to move it up north to Lafayette Park, right in front of the White House.

Aaron Alexander, the senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation, said he wanted to "acknowledge and lift up the traumatized residents of Charlottesville for the pain they continue to experience".

Members of ANTIFA get in formation after entering the security checkpoint required to enter the mall in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11, 2018, one-year after the violent white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens injured.

During an interview this summer, Kessler said he was still "coming to terms" with what happened at last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville and said he apologized to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a motorist drove his auto into a group of counter-protesters. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, started a foundation in her honor, which has given out scholarships and grants to a diverse group of young Americans working against hate.

But just a day later, Trump said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Virginia, pointing to anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands".

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.

Washington is bracing for a white nationalist rally that law enforcement agencies will try to prevent from descending into a melee like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, that cast a shadow over Donald Trump's presidency a year ago.

Trump himself tried to tamp down some of the tensions ahead of the Sunday rally, tweeting "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division".

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He then condemned all types of racism and acts of violence.

President Trump is urging "peace to all Americans" as cities across the U.S. are bracing for Unite the Right 2018 marches this weekend.

Local activists said that they were hoping for a quiet two days of memorials and remembrance.

The goal is to keep rally goers and counter protesters separate in order to avoid violent confrontations. 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.

The "Unite the Right" rally in a Charlottesville park was organized in 2017 by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups to protest plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate States Army during the U.S. Civil War. Kessler listed the NSM in court papers as among the groups he formally or informally invited to the Charlottesville event.

As the anniversary of last year's deadly Charlottesville riots approaches, states of emergency have been declared for the city of Charlottesville, parts of Northern Virginia and the state of Virginia.

Clara Carlson was one of those counterprotesters.

The NSM, a white supremacy group with headquarters in Detroit, came to Newnan for a rally in April.