White supremacist rally set for Sunday in D.C.

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But scuffles continued, and the violence culminated when a auto plowed into a group of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The "white civil rights" anniversary rally organized by Kessler, a Charlottesville resident, is expected to attract no more than 100 to 400 people, according to the official permit for the event.

At a multi-agency press conference Wednesday, Charlottesville Director of Communications Brian Wheeler said well over a thousand public safety and law enforcement personnel will be active in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region this weekend - including over 700 Virginia State troopers, 300 National Guard troops who will be on stand-by and the combined forces of the Charlottesville, Albemarle and U.Va. police departments.

Authorities are bracing for the anniversary of last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend and that they are "fully prepared to act" to prevent any incidents like past year. A network of street closures are planned in D.C.in anticipation of the white nationalists marching down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Local activists said that they were hoping for a quiet two days of memorials and remembrance. However, Kessler dropped his lawsuit last week and vowed to forge ahead with plans for a "white civil rights" rally Sunday in Washington, D.C.

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Then, hundreds of white nationalists and even more counter protesters will demonstrate near the White House Sunday.

The march will start at a Metro station near the Capitol at 5pm and end with a demonstration in Lafayette Square Park that sits directly opposite from the White House.

Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally a year ago for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying "both sides" were to blame. Charlottesville city spokesman Brian Wheeler told WTOP that they have a "comprehensive and unified plan that's in place". "You also had some very fine people on both sides", he added. 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.

A group of white nationalists protested the decision in May, prompting criticism from the mayor.

"This event on Sunday will be that which allows the First Amendment to occur because our beat, our daily responsibilities on the National Mall is our nation's civic stage", said Unite States Park Police Chief Robert MacLean.

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"On Sunday we know that we have people coming to our city for the sole objective of spewing hate", Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

The protest rally at Freedom Plaza is scheduled to begin at noon and will include speakers and music.

On the eve of the August 12 rally, dozens of young white men wearing khakis and polo shirts marched through the University of Virginia's campus, carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove his vehicle into a crowd of protesters.

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