Counterprotesters Expected to Dwarf White Supremacists in DC

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While one of last year's Unite the Right organizers, Jason Kessler, was denied a permit to hold a second event this year in Charlottesvile, the Chicago Tribune reports that students and activists plan to hold a Rally for Justice on the University of Virginia campus Saturday.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump said on Twitter.

"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community". But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence". "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

- Businesses in the District where white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazis are planning to hold the Unite the Right rally on Sunday have stated they will refuse service to anyone with hate in their heart.

"It's a sad indictment of this country that we are even having to deal with organized white supremacists", Mike Stark, an organizer for the march to Lafayette Park, said in a statement.

A group of more than 200 protesters - students, residents and others - then marched to another part of the University of Virginia's campus, where many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear forming a line. A year ago, his first Unite the Right rally there turned deadly when Heather Heyer, 32, a legal assistant, was killed when a vehicle slammed into a counterprotest. There will be a "Still Here, Still Strong" protest and march by a coalition of groups, including survivors of the Charlottesville auto attack; a "Rise Up and Fight Back Counter-Protest", hosted by Black Lives Matter DC; and a Trans and Queer #ResistDance Against White Supremacy.

A small rally will take place Sunday in front of the White House and the participants may be dwarfed by larger counter-protests with police keeping the two sides apart.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence", appealing for unity.

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"With their Nazi flags and their Confederate flags and their rifled militias, it was something I never thought I'd see in Charlottesville", Spaar said. James Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, is charged in state court with murder in Heyer's killing and also faces separate hate crime charges in federal court.

"They are here to control us!" protesters chanted, as Sandy Hausman of member station WVTF reported.

Trump's tweet on Saturday faced criticism on social media as some jumped on the his wording of "all types of racism", after his claim previous year that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

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

Trump's daughter Ivanka, a White House aide, was more explicit in her condemnation of the "ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence" past year at Charlottesville.

Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump was not doing enough to disavow racists.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham answer questions from reporters about the city's preparations for the white nationalist-led rally marking the one-year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right", protests in Washington, August 9, 2018.

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