DC police, protesters prepare for white nationalist rally

GW to close some buildings for 'Unite the Right' rally

A 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer was killed when a white supremacist drove his vehicle into groups of protesters.

Two state troopers who had been monitoring the event also were killed when their helicopter crashed.

Multiple events are planned in the Charlottesville area from Friday through Sunday to mark the anniversary of the rally, Northam's office said.

"Today we pause to remember the lives lost, and the lives forever changed, by the violence in Charlottesville a year ago".

Kessler had applied for a permit to hold his anniversary rally in Charlottesville, and had sued the city when they denied him the permit, but he dropped his battle with the city in late July.

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 past year.

The declaration that was issued on Wednesday will also allocate a whopping $2million to pay for response measures. He also did not mention a white nationalist demonstration planned for Sunday in the capital. Many students say they are upset that the university did not warn them about this in advance, especially since it falls as many students are moving in for the new school year.

Newsham joined other city officials and religious leaders to both denounce the white supremacists' message and to assure nervous residents and visitors that a plan to keep everyone safe is in place.

Unite the Right said on its website that supporters will march from a nearby subway station to Lafayette Park at 5pm (2100 GMT).

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In addition to Kessler, also planning to attend the white-supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by Washington City Paper from the National Park Service, are David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, and several neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.

The August 12, 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville by neo-nazi and white supremacist groups drew strong counter-protesters.

Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, shouted, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles, and unleashed chemical sprays on each other that weekend in Charlottesville.

Chief Newsham said the main goal is to make sure property does not get damaged and people do not get hurt.

The night before the violence, a large group of mostly young white males marched past the University of Virginia halls and across the Nameless Field with torches.

The protest rally at Freedom Plaza is scheduled to begin at noon and will include speakers and music.

"We will not be seeing a repeat of Charlottesville", said D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

On the eve of the August 12 rally, dozens of young white men wearing khakis and polo shirts marched through the University of Virginia's campus, carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

A Virginia State Police officer in riot gear keeps watch from the top of an armored vehicle after auto ploughed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017. James Fields was charged with a hate crime for the death of Heather Heyer and is now on trial.

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