Four arrests made in Charlottesville during rally events

13 August, 2018, 08:13 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Susan Bro Heather Heyer's mother

Saturday's events in Charlottesville precede a planned "white civil rights" rally set for Sunday in Washington, D.C. The demonstration was planned by Jason Kessler, who also organized last year's rally.

And Bro hugged numerous people who were there August 12 a year ago, including Heyer's friends Courtney Commander, Marissa Blair and Marcus Martin, the latter captured in Ryan Kelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, hurtling up in the air behind James Fields' auto.

Kessler has not responded to CNN's requests for comment for more details about this weekend's event. White nationalists arrived in Charlottesville to demonstrate against the removal of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee.

The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was hit by a auto and killed last year, has also spoken publicly leading up to the anniversary.

"The police did absolutely nothing previous year, but stand by", Bro said.

Members of 40 anti-racism groups plan to protest near Lafayette Square. "It's a lot more peaceful than I thought it was going to be".

The group said it is "organizing marching bands, drummers, puppets, and vibrant displays of art and culture to show the diversity and power of united communities in the face of right-wing violence". Instead, they want us to know that one time young conservative Charlie Kirk went out in public and learned he isn't liked, and that's proof that left-wing voters are the real bad guys.

People gathered to mourn Heyer on the one-year anniversary of her death
Susan Bro Heather Heyer's mother People gathered to mourn Heyer on the one-year anniversary of her death

Citizens and media outlets seeking information related to current events in the Charlottesville area are encouraged to follow social media accounts for the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. A white supremacist awaits trial in the case.

What are police doing about security?

- Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 12, 2018 Exactly one year ago, Heather Heyer was murdered for daring to stand up to a group of white supremacists that came together in Charlottesville to protest America's greatest asset: our diversity.

Beard, 42, of Charlottesville, was arrested by Virginia State Police on one count of obstruction of free passage.

In Washington, Police Chief Peter Newsham said his officers will keep the "Unite the Right 2" protesters and the counterprotesters separate.

Newsham said no guns will be allowed near the rally sites, even if someone has a legal carry permit. Officials said roughly 700 members of the Virginia State Police would be in the area and about 300 Virginia National Guard members would be on standby.

"Our role is to make sure we have a First Amendment event that goes on without any types of violence or destruction of property", Newsham said, according to WTOP.


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