Hundreds gather in United States city to oppose white supremacy

Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2018

On Aug. 12, 2017, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and members of other hate groups gathered in Charlottesville for a self-styled "Unite the Right" rally to protest against the city's decision to remove a Confederate statue before clashing violently with counter-protesters.

'The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division, ' he wrote.

Their rally was meant to be a sequel to last summer's melee that resulted in the murder of a counterprotester, nine wounded, weeks of global media focus on race in America, and a crucible moment in Donald Trump's presidency.

"We must come together as a nation", he said.

In a tweet over the weekend, Trump said he condemned "all types of racism and acts of violence".

Both white nationalists and counter-protesters are planning to stage large demonstrations in Washington on Sunday.

A student rally has been planned this weekend in Charlottesville to reclaim the campus square where the white supremacists marched previous year wielding tiki torches.

President Donald Trump on Saturday was critical of racism in a tweet acknowledging the anniversary of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned deadly past year.

While both protesters and counter-protesters are headed to Lafayette Park, just outside the White House, they have permits for different routes and gathering points. Several counterprotests had also been permitted to assemble nearby. While he gathered some support from his base, who believed that Antifa helped ignite the combustible atmosphere, Trump was widely condemned even by members of his own party, who pointed to the death of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a Unite the Right demonstrator plowed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

On both sides of the street where Heyer was hit, people have left notes in chalk on the sidewalk and on brick walls, such as "There is no room for hate", "Teach love not hate" and "Let love overcome hate".

"We must come together as a nation" is rich coming from the president who has done more to fan anti-immigrant, racist hatred than any modern president. Yet in an unscripted moment the next day, he again said there was "blame on both sides". Peace to ALL Americans!'

President Donald Trump was roundly condemned a year ago for saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands".

The event's organiser, Jason Kessler, blamed law enforcement at last year's Charlottesville rally for the low turnout. The station saw increased ridership Sunday on the line into Washington, where a "Unite the Right" event drew counterprotesters.

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