Emergency declared in Virginia prior to 'Unite the Right' rally

Emergency declared in Virginia prior to 'Unite the Right' rally

Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.

"Today we pause to remember the lives lost, and the lives forever changed, by the violence in Charlottesville a year ago".

Northam's office informed that from Friday through Sunday, several events are planned in the Charlottesville area to mark the anniversary of the rally.

Officials said the declaration would allocate $2 million in state funds and authorize the Virginia National Guard to assist in security efforts.

Jeff Stern, State Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, said at the press conference that the governor's declaration would allow for the sufficient distribution and utilization of resources across the state - particularly around Charlottesville and in Fairfax County.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham answer questions from reporters about the city's preparations for the white nationalist-led rally marking the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests in Washington, U.S., August 9, 2018.

What resulted was hundreds of violent clashes between white nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK members armed with flaming torches and counter protesters. The president argued that there were "very fine people" on both sides of the rally, seemingly equating the actions of white nationalists with counter-protesters. Those groups also have permits for McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.

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"I held her hand and said, 'I'm going to make this count'". We don't want well-wishers trampling other people's graves.

Puryear recognizes the white nationalist's ability to exercise their First Amendment rights.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland is ready to help. Police said they would have a heavy presence in and around Metro stations at Foggy Bottom and Vienna but would not say if they would give Kessler's group special protections on public transit.

Newsham declined to give specifics about a closed-door planning meeting held Wednesday with city and homeland security, but he did address concerns that alt-right and KKK groups would be escorted by police. Also expected are members of Black Lives Matter, Shut It Down D.C. and other groups protesting a variety of topics, including immigration policies.

"As we face this invasion of vile and perverted ideology infesting our region, we stand united in our conviction that a diverse and inclusive Maryland is a stronger Maryland", he said. "For one thing, our police forces here have a lot of experience with demonstrations". The violence reached its peak at 1:42 p.m. when James Alex Fields rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

The official Unite the Right rally website instructs those attending the demonstration to not inform strangers they're participating in the event and to stay with friends in the area if possible.

In Charlottesville, there will be a commemorative gathering and memorial for Heather Heyer, the woman killed when James Alex Fields Jr drove a auto into the gathering of counterprotesters past year.

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