Charlottesville marks 1 year since deadly white nationalist rally

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

Last year, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when she was struck by a vehicle that had plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

Two Virginia State Police troopers also died when their helicopter crashed as they policed the event.

The far-right organizer of last year's event, Jason Kessler, dropped a court challenge last month in his attempt to obtain a permit to hold a "Unite the Right 2" rally in Charlottesville on August 12.

Elle Reeve, a journalist for Vice News who filmed a viral documentary on the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer, says neo-Nazis continue to recognize her in public and make themselves known.

Charlottesville, Virginia, braces for the one-year mark of the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters, and the city is responding by holding anti-racism events this weekend.

In a report from USA Today, Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend and "state police is fully prepared to act" to prevent any incidents like previous year.

The declaration allocates $2 million to pay for this response and authorizes the Virginia National Guard to assign forces to assist in security efforts.

White nationalists and counter-protesters are expected to stage dueling demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Sunday evening.

Reeve said she was going through security last Christmas and a male TSA officer recognized her.

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The company is citing its community values as grounds to cut ties with participants of the rallies, which stemmed from a protest a year ago to protect Confederate statues - which included neo-Nazi groups - but exploded in violence.

A collective of counter-protest groups will stage a rally earlier in the day before congregating at the park and have vowed to drown out the white nationalists' message.

He admitted there were many lessons to be learned from last year's violence in Charlottesville. "The proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to public safety, and can not be accommodated within the area applied for, or within a reasonable allocation of City funds and/or police resources", City Manager Maurice Jones wrote in the denial.

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.

"There is no intention to accommodate one side or the other", Newsham said.

Officers will endeavor to keep the two sides separate, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said. Some activists have criticized the plans for a heavy-handed police presence this year, while local business owners have also questioned whether it's necessary to partially shut down the city for the weekend.

"They marched chanting the slogans "Jews will not replace us" and 'blood and soil, ' a classic Nazi chant", Lance said of the Virginia rally.

Other events were also planned throughout the weekend, including on Sunday, the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville. The man accused of killing Heyer faces murder and hate crime charges.

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