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.
Authorities have pledged to keep the two groups apart keeping in mind the violence during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville previous year. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence". Peace to ALL Americans!
And while the authors of the book make the rounds of the media to promote their work (which are yet to attract any legal action or restriction) Washington braces itself for a white nationalist rally on Sunday, when liberals - who are holding a counter-protest - will come face-to-face with a core Trump constituency they see as dregs of America.
National Public Radio faced wide criticism on Friday for running an interview with Kessler in which he recited white nationalist talking points and ranked the intelligence of different races on air.
But white supremacist groups have staged multiple visits and flash protests around Charlottesville before and after last August's violent rallies, locals are on edge.
On Saturday morning, the university hosted a "morning of reflection and renewal", with musical performances, a poetry reading and an address from University President James Ryan. "And we will also continue to pray - in these too divided times - that Americans will come together in new and renewed ways in this one Nation under God with liberty and justice for All". White nationalists arrived in Charlottesville to demonstrate against the removal of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee.More news: N'Golo Kante Equals His Best Premier League Goals Tally
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The National Park Service approved an application for what was described as a "white civil rights" rally on August 12, at D.C.'s Lafayette Park.
Throughout the day, only three people were arrested on misdemeanor charges, one for trespassing, one for disorderly conduct and one for possessing a prohibited item, the city said. Majuto claimed that the police "were not on our side" a year ago when white supremacists confronted counterprotesters.
Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a vehicle later barreled into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. A group raised a banner that said: "Last year they came w/ torches".
Government and police officials in the nation's capital say they are confident the city can manage this weekend's planned white nationalist rally without violence.
"I think there's blame on both sides", Trump said. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.
Officials declared states of emergency for both the city of Charlottesville and the state of Virginia to help law enforcement mobilize state and local resources for security reasons. Organizer Jason Kessler sought out Washington after failing to get approval in Charlottesville.