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Heather Heyer's mother: Remember why she was counter-protesting in Charlottesville

Heather Heyer's mother: Remember why she was counter-protesting in Charlottesville

President Donald Trump on Saturday used one of his morning Twitter missives to acknowledge that the weekend marks the first anniversary of Charlottesville, Virginia's deadly white nationalist rally and to condemn racism in America.

The white nationalists are gathering in Washington on the first anniversary of their rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent and led to the death of a counterprotester.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to Trump, said on Sunday that the media was "just not covering" the president's repeated denunciations of white nationalists. Asked by a reporter about the book Saturday at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president held a hand to his mouth, as if to whisper, and said: "Lowlife".

But that could be lower and likely will be dwarfed by counterprotests.

"It was suffocating, terrifying, to realize they were going to wrap around us with burning torches", said King. The Shut it Down D.C. Coalition, for example, scheduled its own rally beginning at noon to counter "Unite the Right 2".

"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides", Trump had said.

The violence culminated with a man driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people. Those torches carried by white supremacists in Charlottesville a year ago shone a light on an ugly truth. After Bro was done addressing the crowd, the activists dispersed without incident.

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, visited the site where her daughter was killed, surrounded by supporters and journalists.

"She was here to support equality, she was here to support affordable housing, she was here to support taking care of people the way you would want to be taken care of", Bro said.

He continued: "What about the "alt-left" that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right, ' do they have any semblance of guilt?", he said.

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Numerous weapons and items that could be considered an "implement of riots" (see list here) are forbidden in the secure area, as well as masks or hoods that hide one's identity.

A group of more than 200 protesters then marched to another part of campus.

A group of anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter demonstrators march on the campus of the University of Virginia after a rally to mark the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. On Saturday night, she was angry at the police response to the student rally.

They're afraid of us. A local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an OH man, James Fields, drove his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters. Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a auto later barreled into the crowd of peaceful counterprotesters, killing Heyer and injuring dozens more. A state police helicopter later crashed, killing two troopers. Violence broke out between the white supremacist groups and counterprotesters and resultedin the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

She said her daughter would be saying "focus on the issues, quit looking at me and focus on the issues".

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump said Saturday on Twitter, without noting that most of the violence, including a auto ramming that killed counterprotester Heather Heyer and injured at least 20 others, was committed by neo-Nazi marchers.

"There is so much healing to do".

Maurice Cook, a DC-based organiser and cofounder of the March for Racial Justice group, agreed, telling Al Jazeera that Sunday's counterprotest "is an opportunity for us to come together, recruit and do the structural work that we are charged to do to dismantle the impact of white supremacy in our country".

But 115 miles (185 kilometers) away in Washington, the principal organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" event will hold a "white civil rights rally", and police are preparing for counterprotesters.