Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on Charlottesville anniversary; critics slam wording

Charlottesville survivor speaks about recovery experience being hit by car during protest

Charlottesville survivor speaks about recovery experience being hit by car during protest

Jason Kessler, who helped organize last year's Charlottesville rally, is scheduled to speak to the crowd, as is David Duke, the former politician and Ku Klux Klan leader.

But residents of Charlottesville are still shaken and on guard.

Activists gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of last year's deadly white supremacist rally. Virginia declared a state of emergency in advance of the anniversary, and amid peaceful vigils by student activists on Saturday there was a brief confrontation between officers in riot gear and protesters angry over the heavy police presence.

But 115 miles (185 kilometers) away in Washington, the principal organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" event will hold a "white civil rights rally", and police are preparing for counterprotesters.

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White nationalists and anti-racism protesters will face off just metres from the White House on Sunday as both mark the one-year anniversary of violent clashes in Charlottesville.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump posted on Twitter Saturday morning. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

Last year, 22-year-old Clara Carlson faced down a group of white supremacists who marched through campus, surrounding her and a group of friends. The legal battle over whether the town can remove statues of Confederate generals from two local parks is still ongoing.

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Other events were also planned throughout the weekend, including on Sunday, the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville.

Trump was heavily criticized, including by Republicans, a year ago for initially refusing to explicitly condemn the white supremacists who organized and attended the rally.

Saturday marked the anniversary of a march by torch-toting white supremacists a day ahead of the larger event in downtown. A group of clergy who organize against racism will hold a service of remembrance at the city's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon.

Event: The rally will start in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., and run from August 11 to 12. The city rejected several event permit requests in downtown, including one for "Unite the Right 2".

Speaking by telephone on Friday, Kessler said he's feeling a lot better about the safety precautions for the Washington rally.

Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence.

Back in Washington, DC, as counterprotesters prepared for Sunday's rallies, Shut It Down DC's Young said it was important for people show up in some way to show solidarity, adding that there are opportunities to get involved, including cooking for counter-demonstrators, providing emotional support or showing up in the streets.

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