Trump condemns racism and violence ahead of anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally

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More than 200 left-wing protesters marched to another part of the University of Virginia campus, where, the AP delicately notes, "many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear who had formed a line".

The student rally escalated enough to prompt a lockdown at UVA medical. White nationalists arrived in Charlottesville to demonstrate against the removal of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee.

Their quiet gathering at the north side of the university rotunda quickly grew to a fighting roar.

Authorities came under harsh criticism for underestimating the potential for unrest at last year's rally.

Ahead of the weekend, it was unclear whether white supremacists would try to reprise the rally.

Things escalated when police surrounded class halls.

Tensions continued to rise through the night.

The protestors eventually walked away and no arrests were made. Both were released on misdemeanour summons.

Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

A state-of-emergency is in effect.

Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence. We will never forget Lt. Jay Cullen, Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates, and Heather Heyer.

"The security looks good, everything looks in place", Thurston Brock, who lived outside of Charlottesville in Barboursville, said.

Even after a year, Trump has still not specified whom he considered to be among the "very fine people" who joined the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the rally "reawakened our commitment to fight back against that ugliness of racism and bigotry". Hatred has no home in this Commonwealth. Woolfork is also a Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer. "We must continue to work to ensure that our hearts are open to our neighbors, and our systems are committed to justice".

The city says law enforcement at the access points are conducting consensual checks for objects that were banned as a security measure during the weekend anniversary of last summer's violence.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told The Associated Press that she'd been dreading the first anniversary of her daughter's death and compared losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves repeatedly roll in.

"Our role is to make sure we have a First Amendment event that goes on without any types of violence or destruction of property", Newsham said at a Monday news conference, according to CNN affiliate WTOP. "We all have a responsibility to be involved and to act".

NPR's Debbie Elliott reports that memorials have been planned throughout the week. A number of universities also canceled speaking events for leading alt-right members, many far-right individuals were kicked off of social media platforms and cities pulled or reject permits for similar right-wing protests.

NBC12 will have crews in both Charlottesville and D.C. throughout the weekend and will have updates both on air and online. The statue and the park in which it's located were the center of last year's Unite the Right rally.

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