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Trump urges peace on Charlottesville rally anniversary

Trump urges peace on Charlottesville rally anniversary

President Donald Trump on Saturday acknowledged the grim anniversary of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly previous year - and is regarded as one of the worst weeks in his presidency. It is one of a handful of counterdemonstrations slated to take place over the weekend.

More than 1,000 law enforcement officers are stationed around Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, as the city marks a year since violent white supremacist rallies sparked a deadly attack and open fighting in the streets.

One year after Susan Bro's daughter was killed when a auto 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.

A memorial to Heather Heyer - who was killed at last year's Charlottesville rally by a driver facing murder and hate crime charges - stands at the site of her death.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, he said: "I think we just have to ensure that at any moment that they are feeling confident enough to come out, that we are intentional in our demand that they go back to the cage where they belong". I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

White nationalists are planning to congregate at the Vienna Metro Station in Virginia around 2 or 3 p.m.

"We must show that what sets us apart as citizens of this country are our values of respect, openness, and tolerance towards one another". Ahead of the weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency for the state, authorizing the Virginia National Guard to help keep the peace.

Charlottesville also has announced a security perimeter downtown that will include blocked streets, limited parking and pedestrian checkpoints.

Algenon Franklin Cain, 28, of Red Springs, N.C. was arrested for trespassing on two separate occasions by Virginia State Police. Last year's rally exposed a racial divide in the city, Debbie says.

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But Jason Kessler, who organised last year's rally, is gearing up for a second iteration in Washington, DC, on Sunday.

On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E Lee from a park.

Fistfights and screaming matches broke out, and the rally officially was called off.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was struck and killed when a white supremacist slammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally a year ago for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying "both sides" were to blame. He said then that there were "very fine people, on both sides", and later, "blame on both sides".

"He's not, in my view, a racist by any stretch of the imagination", said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R), who was critical of Trump during the 2016 campaign but has become a staunch ally. He denies the allegations.

One of the few African-Americans to have worked in the White House, former special assistant Omarosa Manigault Newman, also accuses Trump of being a racist in a book to be released on Wednesday. "They are reclaiming that space because a year ago white supremacists came with their torches and took over that part of campus". Manigault now claims that she was offered "hush money" in the form of a $ 15,000 month contract by the President's daughter-in-law Lara Trump to work with her - in exchange for her silence about Trump and his family. She also alleges that Trump denigrated White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's husband George Conway, who is half Filipino, calling him a "flip" and a "goo-goo" both racially abusive terms used toward Filipinos.

She cites three unnamed sources as having heard the taboo language, and adds that she experienced "truly appalling things" with Trump, according to The Guardian, which obtained a copy of the book ahead of its publication next week.

Immigration, which Trump has called a "disaster", and the wall he wants to build on the Mexican border are among his most consistent themes.


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