With Charlottesville police widely criticized for their handling of last year's rally, D.C. authorities are vowing to prevent violence.More news: Is the US-Turkey crisis beyond repair? | USA
"I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence", Trump added, before declaring, "Peace to ALL Americans!"
The remarks swayed from his comments after last year's "Unite the Right" rally in the city, which led to violence and several deaths, when Neo-Nazi sympathizers and counterprotesters clashed during demonstrations. Going back to when she starred in Trump's reality show The Apprentice, she has been his fan-girl and close associate (one of the few African-Americans in his close circle), and the proximity landed her a job in the White House as the President's communications director for Public Liaison.
They will likely be dwarfed by the number of counter-protestors, who plan to march to the Martin Luther King Jr. The student group said on the event's Facebook page that the rally was meant to "reclaim the North Plaza of the Rotunda and demand justice for those who have suffered at the hands of white supremacy". The declarations enable law enforcement to access state resources, including the National Guard, if unrest breaks out at events in and around Charlottesville and outside Washington, where a "Unite the Right 2" rally is set to occur.More news: Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield
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.
That quaint Virginia college town, still wrestling with slavery's legacy, was the scene of protests, violent clashes and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was struck down by a speeding auto that plowed into a group of counterprotesters.
"Last year was a whole different story".
The group then continued marching, with some members carrying a sign that said, "Good night white pride". Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville. Woolfork is also a Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer. Carlson, 22, said she feared for her life when she and a group of her friends were surrounded by the phalanx of young white men at the statue. Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of last year's rally is planning another "white civil rights" rally on Sunday. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said. Gov. Northam declared a state of emergency in advance, allowing Charlottesville to have a heavy police presence.More news: Proposed ICBC rates aimed at punishing bad drivers, rewarding good ones
Kessler, who is from Charlottesville, submitted an additional request for a permitted rally in his hometown at a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but was denied.