Peaceful events, heavy security mark Charlottesville rally anniversary

Heather Heyer's mother continues her daughter's civil rights advocacy a year after Charlottesville rally

Susan Bro mother to Heather Heyer speaks during a memorial for her daughter last year

"I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client", said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed almost a year ago in a auto attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, US.

In a tweet Saturday, the president recalled the riot's in the Virginia town resulted in senseless death and division. The group came together in direct response to white nationalists who gathered in Charlottesville for a "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017.

"I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence", Trump added, before declaring, "Peace to ALL Americans!"

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. The rally is being billed as a "white civil rights rally" meant to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

The crowd was eventually forced to disperse but a vehicle that authorities say was driven by a man fascinated with Adolf Hitler later plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters. Two Virginia State Police troopers who were monitoring the day's events were killed when their helicopter crashed.

Majuto claimed that the police "were not on our side" previous year when white supremacists confronted counterprotesters.

Sunday is the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville, where hundreds of rally participants gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park that was named after the Confederate general.

One year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a counterprotester dead, the event's organizer is producing an encore.

U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy criticized the performance of Charlottesville officials and the state police, saying they "failed to "stand up" to protect human life". In the year since, many residents like Wilson say the wounds haven't healed.

"I have never a single time heard (Trump) use a racial slur about anyone", she told ABC.

"We are trying to maintain order and have a duty and obligation to try and make sure there is no property damage", said Charlottesville police spokesman Tony Newberry.

In the forthcoming memoir, Manigault Newman says there are recordings of Trump using "the n-word" during tapings of his NBC reality show and that she personally witnessed him using racial epithets.

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

Estimates vary on how many white nationalist protesters will show up.

Counter-protesters gather at Freedom Plaza before the Unite the Right rally in Lafayette Park on 12 August 2018 in Washington, DC.

"We want to claim our streets back, claim our public space back, claim our city back", Aheron said at the park.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, (D), said that Trump shares responsibility for the violence in Charlottesville.

Police work to keep "Unite the Right Two" protesters and counter protesters separated; Peter Doocy reports.

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Saturday marked the anniversary of a march by torch-toting white supremacists a day ahead of the larger event in downtown.

Bro has spent the past year speaking out on social justice issues that were important to her daughter, and launching a foundation in Heyer's name.

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