The city is expecting large crowds to honor Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed when a vehicle rammed into a packed street of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville on August 12 2017. During last year's rallies, law enforcement officers stood by while white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters, a response that allowed the violence to spiral out of control, an independent investigation found.
Demonstrators carry banners on the campus of the University of Virginia during a rally for the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. We must come together as a nation, ' he wrote on Saturday morning.
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According to The Week, "Charlottesville will be subject to a heavy police presence this weekend, and the primary organizer of last year's white nationalist event, Jason Kessler, was denied a permit for a concurrent demonstration this year". Woolfork is also a Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer.
A anti-fascist protest in Charlottesville on Saturday passed off with little trouble.
A day after tensions between police and community activists almost boiled over on the University of Virginia's campus, the city of Charlottesville plans to mark Sunday's anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally against racial hatred.
The rally attracted counter protesters, and clashes quickly broke out between the two groups.
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Hundreds take to Charlottesville streets a year after far-right rally
UVA President James Ryan spoke to a crowd gathered Saturday morning for a service of reflection on the anniversary of the march. Two Virginia state troopers who were monitoring the rally were later killed in the line of duty when their helicopter crashed.
"Last year, I was afraid of the Nazis. This year they come w/ badges".
One woman, 32-year-old Heather Hayer, was killed and 19 people injured when a van drove into a crowd in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017.
"It's nice that they're here to protect us", said Lara Mitchell, 66, a sales associate at a shop that sells artwork, jewelry, and other items.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday she signed an order to escalate emergency operations in preparation of the rally that is scheduled to take place Sunday at Lafayette Square, a park across the street from the White House.
Saturday marks one year since a group of white nationalists descended on the University of Virginia's campus. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.
Bro said her message to counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville and elsewhere this weekend is, "Keep your wits about you".
In addition, two police officers died in a helicopter crash while they were monitoring the protests.
Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, now running for the US Senate from Utah, said in an essay published at the weekend that he disagreed with Trump's declaration that many "good people" had taken part on the white nationalist side of the Charlottesville event.
"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides", Trump had said.