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

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

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

The groups violently clashed with counterprotesters and Antifa demonstrators, which led to the death of one counterprotester and the injury of several others, when a auto driven by James Alex Fields struck and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Two Virginia State Police officers also died in a helicopter crash while assisting police activity related the the rally. Authorities have declared a state of emergency there in order to draw on increased resources ahead of this Sunday's one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally.

"Nobody wants to have to live in a situation like that, but given everything that went on previous year, given that there was an attempt that's kind of fizzled but there was an attempt to kind of bring it back to Charlottesville as they said, I think it's necessary, honestly", Rodi said.

"We acted in advance of last year's horrific event in Charlottesville and if we become aware of similar information we won't hesitate to do so again", the company said in a statement.

The morning of August 12, 2017, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency due to the rally's violence.

It activated the Virginia Emergency Operations Center to coordinate state resources and allocated $2 million to pay for the state's response.

Jason Kessler, 34, organizer of both the Charlottesville rally and Sunday's demonstration, calls himself a "white civil rights" activist and said his goal is to spark a conversation while keeping everyone safe.

Chief Newsham said that local law enforcement is fully prepared to handle whatever happens this weekend.

The company canceled accounts and bookings ahead of the original "Unite the Right" rally, which occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017.

"I think there is still this mistaken belief that if you ignore these people to some degree, that there won't be as many problems", said Puryear.

Many participants dressed as if they were headed to battle, shouted racist slurs and clashed violently with counter-protesters.

Saturday marks a year since white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches, clashing with a group of counterprotesters. "The proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to public safety, and can not be accommodated within the area applied for, or within a reasonable allocation of City funds and/or police resources", City Manager Maurice Jones wrote in the denial.

According to Unite the Right rally's website, marchers plan to meet at the Vienna Metro station and then they will convene at the Foggy Bottom Metro station where they will be escorted by law enforcement as they make their way down to Lafayette Park for a 5:30 p.m. rally. Meanwhile other events are planned to promote racial healing.

The security area encompasses the Emancipation Park where alt-right groups rallied one year ago in an attempt to preserve the Controversial Robert E. Lee statue there.

"The law allows for first amendment assemblies of any kind", Newsham said. The violence reached its peak at 1:42 p.m. when James Alex Fields rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters. James Fields was charged with a hate crime for the death of Heather Heyer and is now on trial.

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