More than 1,500 counter-protesters plan to gather at various downtown locations, including in the same park.
Edging closer to the one-year anniversary of the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to the deaths of counter-protester Heather Heyer when a auto drove through a crowd of hundreds of people, and two Virginia State Trooper pilots after their helicopter crashed monitoring the event, Governor Ralph Northam has declared a "state of emergency" for the Central Virginia city and parts of Northern Virginia.
Violent clashes erupted at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017.
Gov. Ralph Northam and city officials announced the declaration, which will be in effect Friday through Sunday for the university town of 47,000 people and parts of Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C.
Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a white supremacist drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) commemorated Heather Heyer, the woman killed protesting the rally, and two state troopers killed when their helicopter crashed during the law enforcement response to the violence.
Participants are also asked to "not react with anger to anyone", despite the expectation of counter-protesters.
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In Virginia, heightened security measures for this weekend's events include State Police and Virginia National Guard presence in Charlottesvile.
Northam said, "Virginia continues to mourn the three Virginians who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations a year ago". This also from the president who said that 'Mexicans are bringing crime, they're bringing guns, they're rapists, some I assume are good people. We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully, ' he said. Brackney also said that a list of prohibited items will be enforced within the restricted access zone including a that could potentially be used as weapons and other "implements of riot".
"I held her hand and said, 'I'm going to make this count'".
Washington authorities said they will ramp up the capital city's emergency level with both white nationalists and counter-protesters planning to converge at the same park outside the White House on Sunday.
Shut it Down will host a rally that it's calling "Still Here, Still Strong" at Freedom Park to march toward Lafayette Square at 3:30 p.m. that day and Black Lives Matter will host a separate meet-up at 2 p.m. called "Rise Up, Fight Back".
The man accused in that attack, James Alex Fields of OH, has been charged with first-degree murder.
"The statue itself is symbolic of a lot of larger issues", Kessler said previous year.