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But as the anniversary of the rally approached, Trump appeared to try to get ahead of Sunday's "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington, D.C., and counterprotests by calling for unity.

President Donald Trump was roundly condemned past 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. Kibiriti Majuto, an organizer with UVA Students United, encouraged everyone to join student leaders in promoting diversity and tolerance rather than white supremacy.

"It's all hands on deck", Wiedefeld said.

State Police patrol the road in front of Market Street park with the state of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Charlottesville city councilman Wes Bellamy attempted to diffuse the tense confrontation between the protestors and the authorities.

There were no immediate reports of arrests or injuries.

At one point on Saturday, dozens of officers in riot gear formed a line near where the rally was taking place, prompting many protesters to rush over yelling, "Why are you in riot gear?" You're talking about world-class university, but who is in that university?

The increased police presence is meant to serve as a "deterrent to anyone who would want to come into the community and exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that would violate someone else's First Amendment rights", Brackney said.

Walt McGuire and his 9-year-old daughter, Summit, proudly held up their anti-Nazi and Black Lives Matter signs.

The group began marching Sunday morning after a rally held at a city park and made its way toward downtown.

The rest of the day had been much quieter, with some residents and businesses expressing that they felt calmer with the police presence in town.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, when many shops were beginning to open, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors in the popular downtown shopping district. Police have erected a maze of barricades to keep the two sides apart. A review by a former US attorney found a lack of co-ordination between state and city police and an operational plan that elevated officer safety over public safety. "They don't feel the need to do that anymore". "It looked like a war zone past year compared to what it is today".

On Aug. 12, 2017, Heyer, 32, was killed when a auto plowed into a group of counterprotesters who were demonstrating against a Unite the Right rally spurred by Charlottesville's plan to remove a Confederate statue from a local park.

Violent fighting broke out between attendees and counterprotesters in 2017.

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the racist riot in Charlottesville, which left 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer dead.

The far-right rallygoers marched in the middle of the street, surrounded by a phalanx of police, while counter-protesters heckled them from the sidewalks on either side. Virginia state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed as they were monitoring the rally.