Tense scenes at Charlottesville vigils marking deadly white supremacist rally

Protesters gathered in the Virginia city

TWITTER CHARLOTTESVILLE Protesters gathered in the Virginia city

There are no official far-right protests planned in town this weekend, but the city's downtown area has been closed to traffic, and the University of Virginia, where hundreds of white supremacists marched with flaming torches past year, is restricting access to parts of its campus.

Concrete barriers and metal fences were put up and police were searching bags at checkpoints. "We don't see a riot here", they chanted. They unfurled a banner reading "Last year they came w/ torches".

Any response from Trump to this year's demonstrations could have consequences as Democrats look to harness outrage for electoral gains.

TRT World's Jacob Brown reports.

Stern and other state, county and city officials said to expect large numbers of law enforcement officers in and around Charlottesville as part of a large-scale, multiagency safety and security plan to head off violence. The event descended into violence, with clashes erupting between attendees and counterprotesters.

Trump's words contrast sharply with his first public comments on the events last summer, which left 32-year-old anti-racist counterprotester Heather Heyer dead after a suspected white nationalist plowed his auto into a crowd on August 12, 2017. The driver of the auto James Alex Fields Jr has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin in November.

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

De Bruyne, Sterling available for Manchester City’s Sunday trip to Arsenal
Guardiola said: "People say we now have to forget what we did last season". "Everybody is able to dream", he added. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge.

Washington is bracing for a white nationalist rally that law enforcement agencies will try to prevent from descending into a melee like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, that cast a shadow over Donald Trump's presidency a year ago.

President Trump grew criticism past year for his initial response the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally as he said "hate" came from "all sides".

Maurice Cook, a DC-based organiser and cofounder of the March for Racial Justice group, agreed, telling Al Jazeera that Sunday's counterprotest "is an opportunity for us to come together, recruit and do the structural work that we are charged to do to dismantle the impact of white supremacy in our country".

On Saturday, Trump condemned "all types of racism" in a Twitter post marking the anniversary. Peace to ALL Americans!' Charlottesville dedicated part of the street to the 32-year-old who was struck when a auto plowed into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally.

The newly installed president of the University of Virginia, James Ryan, apologised for the school's inaction past year while speaking at an event to memorialize the anniversary.

Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacist marchers near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".

Clara Carlson was one of those counter-protesters. "You let it go and you're OK until the next one comes", she said. "This progress that they are so afraid of - the rise of black leaders and Black Lives Matter getting bigger and people feeling safe to speak their mind - that is still happening". At least one rally is being organized on the University of Virginia campus by a group of student activists, UVA Students United.

Latest News