Russian Embassy refutes allegations about Moscow's influence on Charlottesville protests

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

Charlottesville and parts of Northern Virginia will be under a state of emergency through the weekend because of possible unrest on the one-year anniversary of a white supremacist rally that left one person dead. Handguns, however, will not be banned, because of state and federal gun rights law, officials said.

How the Russian Federation refers to "domestic" showdown of the two subcultural movements American Congressman could not explain, ignoring the cause of the collision: neo-Nazi at a high speed rammed the anti-fascist activists, which killed 32-year-old woman and injured 19 people.

Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally past year for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying "both sides" were to blame.

Virginia's Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, pre-emptively declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, a procedural move that freed up additional resources. "We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully", said Northam.

In the immediate aftermath, US President Donald Trump drew broad criticism when he appeared initially reluctant to condemn the extreme right-wingers - many of whom have rallied behind him since his election, including David Duke, a former KKK leader and avowed racist and anti-Semite who praised Trump's "courage" in defending white nationalist protesters. Statements by some U.S. politicians about the Russian connection allegedly visible in the clashes in the city of Charlottesville on racial and social grounds a year ago are unsubstantiated allegations, the Russian Embassy in the United States said in a statement on Sunday. It also found a lack of preparation and coordination between state and city police and a passive response by officers to the chaos.

The violence culminated with a man driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people.

Chaos erupted before the event even began, with participants and counter-protesters brawling in the street.

The man accused in that attack, James Alex Fields of OH, has been charged with first-degree murder.

The independent review by former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy was sharply critical of both the city and state police, saying both "failed to "stand up" to protect human life".

Several peaceful events are planned in Charlottesville to commemorate last year's event and promote racial healing.

"The goal of all of law enforcement on that particular day is to make sure no one gets hurt, and nothing gets broken", said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.



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