Tense scenes at Charlottesville vigils marking deadly white supremacist rally

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2018

"We have people coming to our city for the sole objective of spewing hate", Bowser said at a news conference Thursday.

Far-right groups and counterprotesters are expected to converge on the nation's capital Sunday, one year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one person dead and elevated racial tensions in America. Some Republican lawmakers also pushed back, although initial statements by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't mention Trump by name.

He was responsible for putting together the Charlottesville rally that led to the death of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer about a year ago.

"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community".

"I don't know exactly what will happen", he added, "but it will not be good".

President Trump urges peace for all Americans one year after the deadly incidents in Charlottesville.

"We must show that what sets us apart as citizens of this country are our values of respect, openness, and tolerance towards one another".

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, and city officials in Charlottesville announced a state of emergency would be in effect Friday through Sunday in that city and parts of Northern Virginia, outside Washington. A 28-year-old North Carolina man was arrested for trespassing and a 64-year-old man from surrounding Albemarle County, Virginia, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Police say Miska bought razor blades inside a business, which were included in the city's ordinance to ban.

Mark Lance, a philosophy professor at Georgetown University and an organizer of some of Sunday's planned the counter-demonstrations, said Kessler's call for "white civil rights" was meant to obscure the beliefs of those that rallied in Charlottesville.

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Violent fighting broke out between attendees and counterprotesters. A local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an OH man, James Fields, drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

In the immediate aftermath, Trump drew broad criticism when he initially appeared to establish a moral equivalence between the two groups of protesters and refused to criticize the far rightwingers.

He did eventually yield to enormous political pressure and condemn white nationalism.

Trump came under heavy criticism, including from Republicans, for initially refusing past year to explicitly condemn white supremacists.

"I think there's blame on both sides", Trump said.

Nearby, dozens of officers carrying helmets and with gas masks strapped to their belts stood watch in the park where hundreds of white nationalists gathered last summer at a rally planned in part to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E Lee.

Manigault Newman writes that she came to a "growing realization that Donald Trump was indeed a racist, a bigot and a misogynist", according to The Guardian, which obtained an early copy of the book. He denies the allegations.

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This week also marks the launch of a book by the woman who was once the president's highest-profile black adviser, Omarosa Manigault Newman.

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