Anti-racist protestors march through Charlottesville

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Demonstrators march on the campus of the University of Virginia in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

Trump's tweet on Saturday faced criticism on social media as some jumped on the his wording of "all types of racism", after his claim previous year that "both sides" were responsible for the violence. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

A months-long investigation by former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy into what happened during the deadly "Unite the Right" rally found that law enforcement failed on multiple fronts, including one that may have led directly to the death of Heather Heyer.

"A group of white nationalists came to a peaceful Virginia town seeking to use hate and division to incite violence against fair-minded, innocent civilians", Warner tweeted.

The Shut it Down D.C. Coalition, comprised of 38 organizations and community groups, meets regularly to plan counter attacks to the white nationalists. "And we will also continue to pray - in these too divided times - that Americans will come together in new and renewed ways in this one Nation under God with liberty and justice for All".

"We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Throughout the day, only three people were arrested on misdemeanor charges, one for trespassing, one for disorderly conduct and one for possessing a prohibited item, the city said.

Last year, violent clashes with counter-protestors left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead.

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

Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 troopers will be on duty over the weekend and will be "fully prepared to act" to prevent violence.

After authorities had forced the clashing crowds of of white supremacists and counterprotesters to disperse, a vehicle plowed into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacist marchers near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".

Organizer: The event was organized by Jason Kessler, who already had last year's rally on his resume.

Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

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

Although carrying guns in Washington DC is illegal-unlike in Charlottesville - the very presence of white nationalists in a city that is 90 per cent liberal and Democratic could well be a red rag. On Wednesday, Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency to help coordinate planning and response to the anniversary weekend.

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