Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Campus Radicals Fight Police at 'Largely Peaceful' Vigil in Charlottesville

Campus Radicals Fight Police at 'Largely Peaceful' Vigil in Charlottesville

Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, and city and state officials are taking steps to make sure there is not another violent outbreak.

"'All types.' 'Both sides.' Continuing to advance a narrative of moral equivalency between racists and those opposed to racism, so as not to tick of his white supremacist supporters", Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, posted on Twitter.

In the downtown shopping district this morning, officers outnumbered visitors. Concrete barriers and metal fences had been erected, and police were searching bags at two checkpoints where people could enter or leave.

Bro said people who hear her speak, or who know about what happened to Heyer, contact her and say they've been inspired. The statue and the park in which it's located were the center of last year's Unite the Right rally. "It looked like a war zone previous year".

TRT World's Jacob Brown reports.

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On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E Lee from a park. The rally turned violent as protesters clashed with counterprotesters, ultimately resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, 32. The driver of the vehicle James Alex Fields Jr has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin in November. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.

A counterprotester who faced down a group of white supremacists that marched through the University of Virginia's campus a year ago says she's angry at the police response to a student rally on campus marking the anniversary.

The president's response to last year's rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew intense criticism when he declared at a Trump Tower news conference that there were "very fine people on both sides".

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump said Saturday on Twitter, without noting that most of the violence, including a vehicle ramming that killed counterprotester Heather Heyer and injured at least 20 others, was committed by neo-Nazi marchers.

He called for the nation to "come together" after a week in which he stoked racial divisions with attacks on black athletes and other minorities.

Trump urges peace on Charlottesville rally anniversary
Newsham said the permit allowed for 400 demonstrators, and that overflow zones will be available should more protesters arrive. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency for the anniversary of last year's rally.

He then condemned all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to all Americans".

More than 200 left-wing protesters marched to another part of the University of Virginia campus, where, the AP delicately notes, "many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear who had formed a line".

Rally organizers encouraged supporters to bring a U.S. or Confederate flags, and cautioned not to react angrily to counter protesters. She says she feared for her life when a phalanx of young white men carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans surrounded her and a group of her friends.

A group of anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter demonstrators march in front of the Rotunda on the campus of the University of Virginia.

Carlson said police didn't intervene to help her or her friends that night previous year.

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