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

12 August, 2018, 18:27 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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"We all have a responsibility to stand up to hate", Bro said this week.

One year after Susan Bro's daughter was killed when a vehicle plowed into counterprotesters at a rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bro plans to mark the tragedy by going to the street where it happened. "They are reclaiming that space because past year white supremacists came with their torches and took over that part of campus".

Carlson's group locked arms and chanted slogans of their own, including "Black Lives Matter!" and "No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA!".

It was a dramatic shift in tone from past year, when he said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence that broke out when white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate statutes and marched through town shouting racist slurs. "You know, I'm happy that things didn't get out of hand", said John Mason, an associate professor of history at UVA.

State Police patrol the road in front of Market Street park with the state of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Charlottesville city councilman Wes Bellamy said he tried to diffuse the situation and told the police commander that the students were upset by the officers' tactics, calling the officers' riot gear "over the top".

The standoff ended without any clashes as organizers urged the crowd to move away and begin marching off campus.

Despite heightened emotions and frustration over the police presence, the city reports no arrests and no violent outbreaks.

University of Virginia students started their own march for justice on Saturday night chanting, "Hey, hey, UVA who will you exploit today" and "No Nazis, no KKK, no fascist United States of America". "Who do you serve?"

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The president of the University of Virginia has offered an apology to the students and community members who faced off a year ago against white supremacists during a march through campus.

The group made its way to downtown before dispersing. "I certainly predict that they will be much more professional and much more even-handed and do much more to contribute to safety", he said.

Late on Saturday morning, when many businesses in a popular downtown shopping district were beginning to open, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors. Deploying riot police along the security perimeter, law enforcement went on to erect concrete barriers and metal fences before setting up entry points with metal detectors to screen rally participants.

Bro, who was not in Charlottesville previous year when her daughter was killed, said she understands why some people are in "high anxiety", particularly people who may have seen the violence and are "still living the trauma of that".

Several events are scheduled in Charlottesville to observe what happened a year ago and promote racial healing.

Any response from Trump to this year's demonstrations could have consequences as Democrats look to harness outrage for electoral gains.

White nationalists are again planning to rally Sunday, this year at Lafayette Park, just across from the White House, where a large counter protest is also scheduled.

Sgt. James Dingeldein of the Park Police said his agency, the Washington police and the Park Service had met with Kessler and leaders of counterprotest groups to explain to them what is permissible on the grounds of the park.

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