Charlottesville mayor: Trump "bringing to light" hate in America

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Among those marking the anniversary was Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and an adviser to his administration, who tweeted there was "no place for white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism in our great country".

This time previous year, the U.S. was rocked by a white nationalist rally in Charlottesburg, Virginia which resulted in the death of protester Heather Heyer. "We must come together as a nation", he tweeted as both sides began assembling in Washington. "I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence", Mr Trump said in his latest comments on the issue on Saturday.

However, most sights will be set on Washington, DC, where white nationalists are once again planning a "Unite the Right" rally, which a year ago ended in tragedy in Charlottesville.

White nationalists held the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville a year ago to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

In what is seen as a defining mark of his presidency, he blamed "both sides" for the violence, eliciting widespread criticism for what was seen as drawing a moral equivalence between hate groups - some of whom supported his candidacy - and those who protested them.

Organizers of #OccupyLafayettePark, a civil rights group that holds nightly protests in the square, held up posters reading "Love America, Hate Trump" and "Defend The District From White Supremacy".

Rally organizers encouraged supporters to bring a U.S. or Confederate flags, and cautioned not to react angrily to counter protesters.

The violence culminated when a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring 19.

"A white female dressed in a white tank top with black shorts, dark hair, who attacked two officers right in the middle as they were responding to another call, punched both of them and then she was pulled from the scene by some of her friends", Brackney said.

"We don't want to be painted as victims", Carlson said on Saturday, several hours before students and activists gathered for a rally near the statue on the anniversary of the campus confrontation. "Peace to ALL Americans!" he wrote. We must come together as a nation.

"He's calling for unity among all Americans and he denounced all forms of bigotry and acts of violence and racism", she said. "It wasn't both sides".

President Donald Trump was roundly condemned previous year for saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands".

Congressman Tom Garrett, R. -Va., on Saturday said Russian Federation is to blame for some of the hate spewed from last year's rally.

The legacy of last year's Charlottesville riot had Washington braced for a new round of racist violence.

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