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Va. gov., Charlottesville declare state of emergency ahead of rally anniversary

Va. gov., Charlottesville declare state of emergency ahead of rally anniversary

Permits for protests have been granted in different parts of Washington D.C., with the organizers of the original "Unite the Right" rally planning to march from a nearby Metro station to a demonstration in Lafayette Square Park, directly opposite the White House.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterprotestor, was killed last year when a self-identified Nazi drove a vehicle through a crowd of demonstrators.

More than 700 Virginia State Police personnel alone are trained and ready to be assigned if the need arises, Virginia State Police Colonel Gary T. Settle said.

"There is no place in our society for the kind of hatred that these groups are out there spouting".

Past year the protest was conducted legally as the permits were granted by the city of Charlottesville. Richard Spencer, a leading white-nationalist leader who helped Kessler organize last year's event, has said he will not participate in Sunday's rally. This year, the same permits were denied to them. They spoke at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, where leaders urged a message of peace and inclusiveness, and noted that houses of worship and community centers would be open across the city for people wishing to contemplate a more uplifting message.

A state of emergency will be in effect during the upcoming anniversary of the unrest in Charlottesville, the Virginia governor announced.

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Images of neo-Nazis marching in the streets and violent clashes between alt-right protesters and counterprotesters in Charlottesville a year ago are still fresh in many residents' minds.

Officers will endeavor to keep the two sides separate, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

The National Park Service said Wednesday it issued a permit for a rally in Lafayette Park by Unite the Right.

However, Brackney said law enforcement personnel will not be conducting searches of individuals entering the perimeter unless they have reasonable cause to do so. "If you're going to be in town on Saturday, August 11th please stay with trusted friends and don't talk to strangers about your participation in the rally".

Many business owners have said the plan is too restrictive and will cost them significant revenue on what would normally be a busy summer weekend. Now I'm pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC., the district's nonvoting Congress member and a longtime champion of black-Jewish cooperation, and Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the Jewish congressman representing Maryland's Washington suburbs.

"They certainly have a first amendment right to be marching and nobody disputes that, but if they would have had their way, they would destroy the constitution for everybody else", Raskin said. However, Brackney said that such knowledge would not dramatically change plans.

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