No room in US for ‘neo-nazism’ - Ivanka Trump

No room in US for ‘neo-nazism’ - Ivanka Trump

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the "riots" in Charlottesville "resulted in senseless death and division".

The vice president also noted he and the second lady will be praying for the victims of that day in Virginia and continue praying Americans come together in new and renewed ways. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence".

President Trump urges peace for all Americans one year after the deadly incidents in Charlottesville.

His tweet came as police blocked off streets and mobilised hundreds of officers for the anniversary.

But others said Saturday they were comforted by the security measures.

Trump's words contrast sharply with his first public comments on the events last summer, which left 32-year-old anti-racist counterprotester Heather Heyer dead after a suspected white nationalist plowed his auto into a crowd on August 12, 2017.

The neo-Nazis and white supremacists protesters chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans, including "Jews will not replace us", and brawled with 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.

The "Unite the Right" rally resulted in violent clashes between people from the left and right of the political equation, which led to one of Trump's more heavily-criticised reactions when he failed to identify and directly censure the alt-right movement. Some leading figures in the USA white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away.

Anti-racist protesters staging non-violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday said they were aggravated and perplexed by the heightened police presence that involved dozens of law enforcement officers in riot gear. Counterdemonstrator Heather Heyer was killed when a man who police say identified himself as a Nazi drove a vehicle into a crowd, and two Virginia State Police troopers in a helicopter that had been monitoring the civil unrest died in a crash nearby.

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.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday she signed an order to escalate emergency operations in preparation of the rally that is scheduled to take place Sunday at Lafayette Square, a park across the street from the White House.

In this August 12, 2017, photo by Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress, people fly into the air as a auto drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The permit application for the Washington rally said 400 people were expected, and described the event as a protest against "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville". 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.

During last year's rallies, law enforcement officers stood by while white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters, a response that allowed the violence to spiral out of control, an independent investigation found.

Auhthorities said two people were arrested, one for trespassing and the other for disorderly conduct.

The president's tweet comes ahead of planned events to mark the one-year anniversary August 12 of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally, an event where protesters gathered, some in opposition to the removal of Confederate statues, others in support of white supremacy.

Authorities in Charlottesville say they have seized prohibited items such as brass knuckles as hundreds of people have passed through security checkpoints leading into the city's downtown area.