Activists Met With Tense Confrontation On Charlottesville Anniversary

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2018

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump posted on Twitter on Saturday morning.

White nationalists arrived in Charlottesville to demonstrate against the removal of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee. Kessler backed off plans for another rally this summer and turned his focus to an event in Washington, D.C. In addition, Gov. Ralph Northam declared in a state of emergency in the city and ordered the Virginia National Guard to be on standby should any riots arise. "We love everyone. And, we're going to silence their negativity by showing love". An extensive review identified "gaps" in planning and communication among agencies, culminating in this year's plan, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said.

Jason Kessler, who also organized last year's event, predicted 400 in his permit application, but turnout could be much lower. Portland Police is conducting an internal investigation into its use of force on August 4, which included flash bangs, after a June 30 rally there turned into a riot, sending at least four to area hospitals by ambulance.

It was a dramatic shift in tone from past year, when he said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence that broke out when white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate statutes and marched through town shouting racist slurs.

Charlottesville is some 187 kilometers from Washington, but officials and opponents of the white nationalist rally fear some protesters may travel to Washington or parts of nearby Northern Virginia.

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

The "Unite the Right" rally resulted in violent clashes between people from the left and right of the political equation, which led to one of Trump's more heavily-criticised reactions when he failed to identify and directly censure the alt-right movement.

The "Rally for Justice" was supposed to start at 7:00 p.m., but the student organizers with UVA Students United had a different plan.

Throughout our country, and for a number of years now - and primarily because the establishment media fantasizes about, promotes, enflames and approves of the violence committed against the right (naturally, HuffPo opposes the unmasking law) - Antifa has been allowed to run rampant, committing countless acts of violence against everyday, peaceful supporters of President Donald Trump.

The "Unite the Right" rally is scheduled for Sunday in Lafayette Park, just across from the White House.

"I hope that the images and the noise that we are able to create with this will make people feel empowered", said Makia Green, Black Lives Matter DC core organizer. "Every police action that you will see on Sunday will be done with the ultimate goal of ensuring the safety of everyone that attends", he said. "They've never come to Washington", the woman told the mayor. "We want to be in the streets before they get there".

"We draw a line at giving special accommodations to hate groups and hate speech", Local 689 President Jackie Jeter said in a statement. He said then that there were "good people on both sides", and later "blame on both sides".

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