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Trump condemns racism, year after Charlottesville

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Andrew Cummings | 13 August, 2018, 00:58

The National Park Service (NPS) has granted official permits to multiple counter-protests in Washington D.C. The group came together in direct response to white nationalists who gathered in Charlottesville for a "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017.

'If you rush to heal, if you rush to everybody grab each other and sing kumbaya, we will be back here in a few years, ' she said.

The tweet appeared to echo his equivocations after last year's violence when he blamed "many sides" for the violence and said there were "very fine people" on both sides.

"He's calling for unity among all Americans and he denounced all forms of bigotry and acts of violence and racism", Conway said on ABC's "This Week".

A majority of Americans say that racial tensions have been on the rise over the past year, according to a CBS News poll.

Uniformed police officers and a line of police barricades have cut the park in half, restricting the counterprotesters to the northern half, farthest from the White House. "Or just to stop and read the messages that people have left, and kind of absorb Heather's energy, the energy of people who have written on the walls of the street there".

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was struck and killed when a white supremacist slammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters. Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a vehicle later barreled into the crowd of peaceful counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more.

Specifically addressing those who were attacked during the march, Ryan said, "I am sorry".

Counter-protests: There are several counter-demonstrations planned.

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In Charlottesville, at least one rally is being organized on the University of Virginia campus by a group of student activists, UVA Students United. One of those people is the mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a vehicle drove into counter protesters.

FILE - In this February 4, 2012 file photo, U.S. Park Police are seen working in riot gear in Washington.

It followed other acts of violence, including the vicious beating of one black Charlottesville resident, and a Ku Klux Klan member firing a gun at another black Charlottesville resident.

A group anti-fascism demonstrators march in the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. These events were "further alienating" people from their cause, Andrew Anglin wrote on his neo-Nazi website. "How are we going to be safe in that situation?" he asked.

"If you show up at this event, and you are identified, your life will be ruined", Anglin advised his followers. "But you don't need to be absolutely paranoid".

On Sunday morning in Charlottesville, a crowd of more than 200 people gathered in a park to protest racism and mark the anniversary of last year's violent confrontation with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Saturday marks a year since white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches, clashing with a group of counterprotesters.

Charlottesville also has announced a security perimeter downtown that will include blocked streets, limited parking and pedestrian checkpoints.

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