Emergency declared head of Charlottesville anniversary

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence", appealing for unity ahead of the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Law enforcement officials say there will be a heavy police presence meant to deter any violence. During the protests, a auto drove into the crowd of people, as a result of which a woman was killed.

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.

The Commonwealth state of emergency declaration mobilizes and funds state resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard, and other state agencies that will be deployed to Charlottesville and Northern Virginia.

He told reporters Wednesday that central Charlottesville would be be accessible by only two entry points.

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"They're trying to make the world safer for kleptocrats and oligarchs and dictators like Putin and they use things like this racial divisive fight - which ignores the commonalities we as Americans have with each other, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion - this is the sort of thing they do", he continued.

A release on the emergency declarations said this is to address the potential impacts of events in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. that will take place this weekend. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists from across the country to the Virginia college town. "For the anniversary of that hard August weekend, which resulted in three lives lost, the city of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia are working closely with law enforcement and public safety agencies from around Virginia to plan for potential events to keep our city safe from violence", said Charlottesville Interim City Manager Mike Murphy. It also found a lack of preparation and coordination between state and city police and a passive response by officers to the chaos. James Alex Fields Jr., of OH, faces murder charges in Heyer's death.

The rally, organized to protest plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from downtown park, quickly deteriorated into clashes, prompting officials to declare the event illegal.

Officers will endeavor to keep the two sides separate, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

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