Counterprotesters expected to dwarf white supremacists in DC

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After last year's deadly Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a Whitman's Sampler of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, paramilitary, and the alt-right got together to spew hate, the white nationalists are doing it all over again this weekend.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", the president tweeted. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted. White House aides also say Trump loves the attack on NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and seeks out reasons and stories to tweet about it.

FILE - A vehicle plows into a group of counter-protesters marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the day of the "Unite the Right" rally, August 12, 2017, killing one person and injuring scores of others.

The president infamously blamed protesters "on many sides" for the conflict instead of specifically criticizing the racist sentiment that spurred the tragedy.

It was a dramatic shift in tone from a year ago, when he said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence that broke out when white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate statutes and marched through town shouting racist slurs.

"Unless there is something they're not telling us and have some intelligence that the white nationalists will still march in force, it seems like who they're gearing up to monitor and observe and contain and discipline are those of us who want to resist fascism and racism".

Police blocked off streets and mobilised hundreds of officers for the anniversary of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Earlier this week, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a state of emergency saying "the related planned events will help us ensure that the state and the city have all available resources to support emergency responders in case they're needed".

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

Sunday's rallies come at a time when the wounds from last year's clash in Charlottesville remain raw, particularly in regards to the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer, who was killed when a suspected neo-Nazi sympathizer drove a auto into a crowd.

Both Market Street Park, where last year's rally was held, and Court Square Park will be completely fenced off, according to city spokesman Brian Wheeler.

Nineteen others were injured in the clash during a "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said, following the events.

This year's Unite the Right is permitted to allow up to 400 people, but many say the number who will show up will be far less.

The night before on UVA's campus, police had a brief, tense confrontation with students and other activists angry over a heavy security presence.

Authorities came under harsh criticism for underestimating the potential for unrest at last year's rally. She later said the comments "had nothing to do with race or ethnicity". The city closed downtown streets and public parks and restricted access to a downtown "security area", where visitors were prohibited from wearing masks or carrying certain items, including skateboards, catapults, glass bottles, bats and knives.

"Instead, he is planning a "white civil rights" event in Washington, D.C., on Sunday". He added that the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville included "some very fine people".

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