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Maryland, DC Prepare For Unite The Right Rally

Washington is bracing for a white nationalist rally that law enforcement agencies will try to prevent from descending into a melee like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, that cast a shadow over Donald Trump's presidency a year ago.

FILE - A vehicle plows into a group of counter-protesters marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the day of the "Unite the Right" rally, August 12, 2017, killing one person and injuring scores of others. The Unite the Right event comes on the anniversary of last year's deadly Charlottesville demonstration.

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the "riots" in Charlottesville "resulted in senseless death and division".

"I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence", Trump added, before declaring, "Peace to ALL Americans!" "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

Though speeches at the rally aren't scheduled to begin until 5:30 p.m., some counterprotesters plan to start hours earlier, and police will start closing downtown streets at 8 a.m., mainly around the White House and into Foggy Bottom.

More counter-protests: The Daily Beast reports that 18 anti-racist, anti-fascist, and feminist groups have organized a "DC United Against Hate" coalition, which will be counter-protesting throughout the weekend.

Among the remembrance events that occurred Saturday was a "morning of reflection and renewal" at UVA that featured musical performances, a poetry reading and an address from University President James Ryan. At least two separate anti-white nationalist rallies will also be taking place in Lafayette Park.

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They had gathered to protest efforts to remove statues of Confederate leaders, including one of the Confederacy's top general, Robert E Lee. However, Kessler dropped his lawsuit last week and vowed to forge ahead with plans for a "white civil rights" rally Sunday in Washington, D.C. Majuto claimed that the police "were not on our side" past year when white supremacists confronted counterprotesters.

Heyer was killed when a person drove a vehicle through a crowd of counterprotesters. A group raised a banner that said: "Last year they came w/ torches". "They are reclaiming that space because previous year white supremacists came with their torches and took over that part of campus".

The group then continued marching, with some members carrying a sign that said, "Good night white pride". And two Virginia state troopers died when their surveillance helicopter crashed near the protests. I hope that as we remember the lives lost a year ago, we also renew our commitment to equity and diversity.

Charlottesville, Virginia denied a permit for this repeat event, so organizers made a decision to move it up north to Lafayette Park, right in front of the White House.

Carlson said police didn't intervene to help her or her friends that night past year.

"I'm not looking forward to what that's going to look like this weekend", she said.

Attendees of "Unite the Right 2", a follow-up to the controversial far-right protest previous year, have been told to bring Confederate flags, wear body cameras and expect to be provoked. Gov. Northam declared a state of emergency in advance, allowing Charlottesville to have a heavy police presence.

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