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Virginia Declares State of Emergency Amid Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

Virginia Declares State of Emergency Amid Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

"I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client", said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed almost a year ago in a auto attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, US.

He called for the nation to "come together" after a week in which he stoked racial divisions with attacks on black athletes and other minorities.

Schoep also addressed the Charlottesville, Virginia incident and said his group, "acted in self defense ... we are not the ones creating the violence. Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.

An independent investigation of the rally violence, led by a former federal prosecutor, found the chaos a year ago stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and co-ordination between state and city police. Some activists have criticized the plans for a heavy-handed police presence this year, while local business owners have also questioned whether it's necessary to partially shut down the city for the weekend.

As many businesses in a popular downtown shopping district began to open Saturday, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors.

The goal is to keep rally goers and counter protesters separate in order to avoid violent confrontations.

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But just a day later, Trump said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Virginia, pointing to anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands".

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.

The "Unite the Right" rally last August, called to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, turned the picturesque Virginia college town into a chaotic scene of street brawls, and one woman was killed when an OH man rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

The university itself said it will be hosting a "morning of reflection and renewal" to mark the anniversary.

Police in Charlottesville on Saturday arrested three people inside and near the security area in downtown - a 28-year-old man for trespassing twice, a 64-year-old man for possession of razors, something prohibited items during the rally events, and a 53-year-old man for being drunk in public.

"I was told, 'Yes, it did.' I was asked if this was classified, they said, 'No, it is not.' I waited until today", he explained.

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"If they ever feel uncomfortable or disrespected by a passenger, they can cancel that ride", the ride-share company said in a statement to CBS News.

But Jason Kessler, who organised last year's rally, is gearing up for a second iteration in Washington, DC, on Sunday. The Governor has declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) says the action would encourage its 3 million members to share messages of unity and call out white supremacy on social media. The driver, James Alex Fields, has been indicted on federal hate-crime and state murder charges.

The emergency declaration mobilizes and funds resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard and others. A "Rally for Justice" was also scheduled in the evening.

In DC a Unite the Right parade and rally is slated to take place with permits for protest granted in different parts of Capitol Hill.

Sunday is the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville, where hundreds of rally participants gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park that was named after the Confederate general.

Both Market Street Park, where last year's rally was held, and Court Square Park will be completely fenced off, according to city spokesman Brian Wheeler.

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