Unite the Right: Permit granted for Washington DC far-right rally

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President Donald Trump was spending time at his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, and released a statement condemning the violence but not calling out the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in attendance. "They wanted people to fight so they could deny us our First Amendment rights".

State and local authorities framed the weekend's heightened security as a necessary precaution. She activated the city's Emergency Operations Center, giving law enforcement groups the green light to deploy any and all of the resources needed to keep the city safe. Concrete barriers and metal fences had been erected, and police were searching bags at two checkpoints where people could enter or leave.

Charlottesville had been in a months-long battle over what to do with a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate army during the Civil War.

Republican Rep. Tom Garrett said Saturday that he was told during a briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director thatRussian meddling played in a role in "fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville", Virginia, one year ago, when a white nationalist rally turned violent and resulted in the death of a counterprotester. By the time she arrived in Charlottesville a year ago, numerous neo-Nazis who were present already knew who she was, as well as intimate details about her life. "I think there is blame on both sides", Trump said during his remarks on August 15.

"Safety comes first. If they ever feel uncomfortable or disrespected by a passenger, they can cancel that ride", Yee said.

But some business owners and downtown visitors said Saturday they were comforted by the security measures.

Kyle Rodland, 35, took his young sons to get ice cream downtown late Saturday morning.

The group said it is "organizing marching bands, drummers, puppets, and vibrant displays of art and culture to show the diversity and power of united communities in the face of right-wing violence".

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The event was one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and far-right extremists in a decade.

The images of people carrying torches and shouting racist slogans as they marched shocked the city, the country and the world. It has also fueled ongoing public debate over the media's role in covering white supremacists groups.

Later Saturday evening, students and activists planned to hold a "Rally for Justice" on campus.

Charlottesville's interim city manager, Mike Murphy, said the city was collaborating with state agencies, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia to plan for potential violence.

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 auto into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Racial tension threatens to rip open still healing wounds, one year after a white power march in Charlottesville left death and destruction in its wake.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterprotestor, was killed last year when a self-identified Nazi drove a vehicle through a crowd of demonstrators.

Two Virginia State Police officers also died in a helicopter crash while assisting police activity related the the rally.

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