'Unite the Right' counterprotesters gather near White House at Lafayette Park

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President Trump addressed concerns this morning tweeting that last year's event resulted in "senseless death and division" and condemning all forms of "racism and acts of violence".

"Out of this awful tragedy, we've seen a community that was able to come together to say this is not who we are".

"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, according to CNN affiliate WTOP. "Peace to all Americans".

This weekend marks one year since white nationalists took to the streets of Charlottesville in a demonstration of anger that drew crowds of outraged counterprotesters, one of whom was left dead. "We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country".

University of Virginia students protest Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville.

A student rally has been planned this weekend in Charlottesville to reclaim the campus square where the white supremacists marched previous year wielding tiki torches.

Organized by Unite the Right - the same network that called last year's protest in Charlottesville, Virginia - Sunday's rally will once again see the extremists stand face-to-face with anti-fascists, who are staging a counter protest.

Members of the leftist Answer Coalition plan a "mass action" to protest the white nationalists.

Permits for protests have been granted in different parts of Washington, D.C., with the Unite the Right organizers planning to march from a Metro station to Lafayette Square Park, directly opposite the White House.

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Some of Trump's critics argued Saturday that his comment to "condemn all types of racism" was just an offshoot of blaming "both sides".

"I don't know exactly what will happen, but it probably will not be good", tweeted Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, who said he would be staying away from the rally. 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.

The counterprotesters included Paul Mitchell, a 62-year-old retired U.S. Parks Police sergeant who held a hand-painted sign that read "No Nazis, no KKK, no racists, no way".

Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence with marches, vigils and other community events that began unfolding peacefully amid a heavy police presence.

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 a year ago that "both sides" were responsible for the violence. "Against the White Supremacists that are marching, and against White Supremacy in the way that it is entrenched in this institution".

Last year's rally came amid debate over the renaming of two parks honoring Confederate generals.

Jason Kessler abandoned plans for a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville.

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.

Some leading figures in the US white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away.