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Donald Trump condemns racism on anniversary of violent Charlottesville alt-right rally

Donald Trump condemns racism on anniversary of violent Charlottesville alt-right rally

32-year-old Heather Heyer attended the first ever Unite the Right event in Charlottesville, Virginia last August to counterprotest, when a vehicle, driven by a white supremacist, rammed into the crowd, injuring dozens and killing Heyer.

Bro said donations from around the world poured in to her family after Heyer's death, and that led Bro to start the Heather Heyer Foundation, which awards scholarship money to high school and college students.

Bro says Heyer would agree that much more needs to be done as many continue the work Heyer lost her life fighting for August 12, 2017.

"It's a sad indictment of this country that we are even having to deal with organized white supremacists", Mike Stark, an organizer for the march to Lafayette Park, said in a statement.

US President Donald Trump has moved to condemn "all types of racism and acts of violence" one year on from the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead.

But that could be lower and likely will be dwarfed by counterprotests.

Some leading figures in the US white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away.

More than 1,000 protesters gathered in Freedom Plaza near the White House to rally against a white nationalist demonstration scheduled for later in the day.

Hawk Newsome, the president of that Black Lives Matter chapter, told NPR last week that if people are "tired of the racism in America, if they're exhausted of these groups who have killed people for hundreds of years, then they should show up and stand with us in this safe space on Sunday". And how is it using social media to spread its message? Some leading figures in the US white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away.

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"The black community and the people of color in Charlottesville have been battling this for many years", Heyer's mother Susan Bro told NPR.

On Sunday morning in Charlottesville, a crowd of more than 200 people gathered in a park to protest racism and mark the anniversary of last year's violent confrontation with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

"This is where I come to absorb the energy of my daughter and also the energy people bring to this spot", Bro said.

Heyer, 32, was killed on August 12, 2017, when a suspected neo-Nazi drove his auto into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Some of the counterprotesters went to Lafayette Square, but police kept the two groups apart.

Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a auto later barrelled into the crowd of peaceful counterprotesters.

Two Virginia state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates, also died during the white nationalist rally.

Numerous protesters directed their anger at the heavy police presence, with chants like "cops and Klan go hand in hand", a year after police were harshly criticized for their failure to prevent the violence.

The heartbroken mom said she's spoken to "hundreds of thousands of people" about how to address these issues, adding that she was surprised by the number of people who were determined to take a stand when they heard stories about her daughter.