Emergency declared head of Charlottesville anniversary

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

Virginia declares state of emergency ahead of anniversary of violent Charlottesville rally

Last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville saw dozens of violent outburst, and turned deadly - when a Dodge Charger allegedly driven by James Fields rammed into other cars, and a crowd, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. And critics said their delayed response contributed to clashes between white supremacists and neo-Nazis and counterprotesters.

There is concern that the anniversary of last year's awful, deadly event will draw a "sizable number of people" in Charlottesville for the weekend "with all sorts of agendas", Ryan expressed.

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.

"I don't know exactly what will happen, but it probably will not be good", tweeted Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, who said he would be staying away from the rally.

Ahead of the weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency for the state, authorizing the Virginia National Guard to help keep the peace.

Law enforcement and D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser stood shoulder-to-shoulder Thursday touting lessons learned from previous year and patrolling other controversial demonstrations.

Charlottesville's downtown area is being locked down to two main entry points for pedestrians and the city has banned a long list of potential weapons, excluding firearms due to Virginia's open-carry law.

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Newsham said the permit allowed for 400 demonstrators, and that overflow zones will be available should more protesters arrive.

"We're bringing people from all over Sandtown, and all over Baltimore City, to go to the Unite the Right Rally", said Reverend Rodney Hudson of Ames Memorial United Methodist Church.

Charlottesville Police Department Chief RaShall Brackney has said at previous s that Kessler's from federal court for an injunction to allow an anniversary rally in Market Street Park Aug. 12 would not affect the region's plans for the weekend.

Aside from controlling the location of the Unite the Right event itself - scheduled from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. - authorities are particularly concerned with getting Kessler's group to and from Lafayette Square. "You also had some very fine people on both sides", he added.

The second permit was issued to the Answer Coalition, a group that has called for "mass action" on Sunday to protest what it described as racists, fascists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

According to National Parks Service, a permit for a counterprotest was also approved on Thursday. University of Virginia students will march on their Charlottesville campus Saturday night, Debbie tells Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday. "We see you, we are with you, and we hope our demonstrations of love across this city over the weekend gives you just a sliver of the comfort your deserve for standing on the front lines in a battle against hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and anti-supremacy". One resident, Anne McKeithen, tells Debbie she plans to leave town.

Mayor Bowser made it clear during the news conference that hate is not what the District is about.

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