Charlottesville on high alert as small groups of protesters march and hold improvised monuments

Local activists and community members took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of Heather Heyer's death during the White Nationalist rally & Unite the Right & # 39;

Charlottesville remained on alert on Sunday as the city commemorates the first anniversary of the violent gathering of white supremacists on the University of Virginia campus that left a woman dead and accentuated deep-seated racial tensions across the country.

Several groups held impromptu memorial services at the site where Heather Heyer, 32, was shot dead by a suspected Nazi sympathizer on August 12 last year.

Hundreds of policemen, many of them in riot gear, patrolled the downtown area looking for people when they entered.

The only demonstrators in sight were antifascists and people who wore Black Lives Matter shirts. There were no obvious white supremacists.

On Sunday he felt considerably more tense than the day before, which had ended with a march from the university campus to the center of the city. Small skirmishes were reported during the march but they dispersed peacefully.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has been placed in a state of emergency as law enforcement officers prepare for a second day of protests in both Charlottesville and 115 miles away in Washington, DC.

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Local activists and community members took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of Heather Heyer's death during the White Nationalist rally & Unite the Right & # 39;

Local activists and community members took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of Heather Heyer's death during the White Nationalist rally & Unite the Right & # 39;

A group of about 60 protesters marched through The Mall in historic Virginia

A group of about 60 protesters marched through The Mall in historic Virginia

A group of about 60 protesters marched through The Mall in historic Virginia

Protesters formed a circle at the intersection where Heyer was killed and held hands while saying a prayer

Protesters formed a circle at the intersection where Heyer was killed and held hands while saying a prayer

Protesters formed a circle at the intersection where Heyer was killed and held hands while saying a prayer

  On Sunday morning, a peaceful group of protesters gathered in a Charlottesville park to protest against racism.

  On Sunday morning, a peaceful group of protesters gathered in a Charlottesville park to protest against racism.

On Sunday morning, a peaceful group of protesters gathered in a Charlottesville park to protest against racism.

Among the group was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heyer who was with the 21-year-old girl when she was murdered last year.

Among the group was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heyer who was with the 21-year-old girl when she was murdered last year.

Among the group was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heyer who was with the 21-year-old girl when she was murdered last year.

The more than 200 protesters in the park on Sunday morning were seen singing songs and listening to speakers

The more than 200 protesters in the park on Sunday morning were seen singing songs and listening to speakers

The more than 200 protesters in the park on Sunday morning were seen singing songs and listening to speakers

Sunday was the second day that the historic city, home of the University of Virginia, was under a virtual police search. Fewer stores and restaurants were open in the 18-block downtown area that had been cordoned off.

Helicopters buzzed in the center of the city all morning, but there were few problems. For many cops with heavy equipment, the main concern was to stay cool as temperatures rose to 86 degrees.

The policemen urged restaurants to leave their outdoor rest areas in the middle of the street.

A group of about 60 people marched through The Mall to the place on 4th Street where Heyer was killed. The few passers-by applauded them as they chanted anti-fascist slogans.

They were taken by the hand in a circle at the intersection where Heather Heyer was fatally struck by a vehicle during the clashes last year.

Early in the morning, a group of more than 200 people gathered in a park to protest against racism, sing songs and listen to guest speakers.

Among the group was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heyer who was with the 32-year-old girl when she was killed.

Commander told AP: "She's with me today too."

Hundreds of anti-racist protesters marched from the UVA to downtown Charlottesville, singing and mocking the police on Saturday

Hundreds of anti-racist protesters marched from the UVA to downtown Charlottesville, singing and mocking the police on Saturday

Hundreds of anti-racist protesters marched from the UVA to downtown Charlottesville, singing and mocking the police on Saturday

  The quiet atmosphere at Sunday's meeting was a stark contrast to the previous night's celebration, pictured above

  The quiet atmosphere at Sunday's meeting was a stark contrast to the previous night's celebration, pictured above

The quiet atmosphere at Sunday's meeting was a stark contrast to the previous night's celebration, pictured above

A group of anti-fascist protesters and Black Lives Matter march on the UVA campus after Saturday's rally

A group of anti-fascist protesters and Black Lives Matter march on the UVA campus after Saturday's rally

A group of anti-fascist protesters and Black Lives Matter march on the UVA campus after Saturday's rally

On Saturday night, more than 200 anti-racist protesters marched from the university to the center of the city of Charlottesville after singing in the dark and, sometimes, making fun of the police.

They unfolded a banner that read: "Last year they came with torches, and this year they came with badges and chanted:" Why are you in riot gear? We do not see disturbances here. "

Last year, Clara Carlson, 22, confronted a group of white supremacists who marched through the campus, surrounding her and a group of friends. On Saturday night, she was angry at the police response to the student demonstration.

"The administration of the university only allows white supremacists to roll over the land with their torches, and for us, they are afraid of us, because they are afraid of us because we are demanding a change of university," Carlson said.

About 1,000 police and members of the Virginia National Guard were sent to the university city with one goal: to prevent the recurrence of events that ended in chaos last year.

The police made three arrests inside a security area of ​​18 blocks installed in the downtown area of ​​47,000 people. One was for trespassing and one for drunkenness.

Police said the third man arrested was John Miska, 62, with a white beard, who was cited for buying razor blades, which were among the prohibited items in the area.

The march disintegrated peacefully shortly after 9 pm and the demonstrators, mainly students, lingered in their homes.

The protesters carried a banner that read: "Last year they came with torches, this year they come with badges", denouncing the great presence of the police in the rally

The protesters carried a banner that read: "Last year they came with torches, this year they come with badges", denouncing the great presence of the police in the rally

The protesters carried a banner that read: "Last year they came with torches, this year they come with badges", denouncing the great presence of the police in the rally

Emily Filler tries to prevent the police from advancing in students who are concentrated in the grounds of the University of Virginia on Saturday

Emily Filler tries to prevent the police from advancing in students who are concentrated in the grounds of the University of Virginia on Saturday

Emily Filler tries to prevent the police from advancing in students who are concentrated in the grounds of the University of Virginia on Saturday

Virginia State Police officers form a lanyard at the University of Virginia, before the anniversary of the rally & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39;

Virginia State Police officers form a lanyard at the University of Virginia, before the anniversary of the rally & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39;

Virginia State Police officers form a lanyard at the University of Virginia, before the anniversary of the rally & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39;

Protesters march down Rugby Avenue near the University of Virginia campus one year after the Unite the Right rally

Protesters march down Rugby Avenue near the University of Virginia campus one year after the Unite the Right rally

Protesters march down Rugby Avenue near the University of Virginia campus one year after the Unite the Right rally

The anti-racist demonstration had dispersed around nine o'clock on Saturday night, after a couple of brief confrontations with police

The anti-racist demonstration had dispersed around nine o'clock on Saturday night, after a couple of brief confrontations with police

The anti-racist demonstration had dispersed around nine o'clock on Saturday night, after a couple of brief confrontations with police

Although the day was quiet, local resident John Miska was arrested for buying razor blades, which are prohibited items in the city center enclosed

Although the day was quiet, local resident John Miska was arrested for buying razor blades, which are prohibited items in the city center enclosed

Although the day was quiet, local resident John Miska was arrested for buying razor blades, which are prohibited items in the city center enclosed

Last year, on August 12, hundreds of white nationalists, including neo-Nazis, skinheads and members of the Ku Klux Klan, descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision to remove a memorial from Confederate General Robert E Lee of a park.

Violent fights broke out between the assistants and counter-demonstrators. The authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but one car later rushed into a crowd of peaceful counterattackers, killing Heyer and injuring dozens more. A state police helicopter crashed later and killed two policemen.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told The Associated Press that she has been dreading the anniversary of her daughter's death for months. On Sunday afternoon, she plans to take flowers to the place where her daughter was killed.

Bro compared the loss of a child to standing in shallow water as the waves roll continuously in: • You let the wave wash and do not chase it. You let it go and you're fine until the next one arrives. But today, I feel that the tide is high. "

The photo above shows the hundreds of white nationalists who descended on the UVA campus last summer and unleashed riots.

The photo above shows the hundreds of white nationalists who descended on the UVA campus last summer and unleashed riots.

The photo above shows the hundreds of white nationalists who descended on the UVA campus last summer and unleashed riots.

Susan Bo (pictured in Charlottesville on Friday) told counter-demonstrators to make sure they are safe at Sunday's Unite the Right 2 event in Washington

Susan Bo (pictured in Charlottesville on Friday) told counter-demonstrators to make sure they are safe at Sunday's Unite the Right 2 event in Washington

Heather Heyer

Heather Heyer

Susan Bo (left, in Charlottesville on Friday) told the counter-protesters to make sure they were safe at Sunday's Unite the Right 2 event in Washington. In the photo on the right: Heather Heyer

About 115 miles from Charlottesville in Washington, authorities are preparing for protests on a much larger scale as the main organizer of the event & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39; last year a white civil rights rally was scheduled, bringing with it a significantly larger number of counterattackers

Jason Kessler, main organizer of & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39; Last year he abandoned his attempt to organize a similar event in Charlottesville, said in his application for permission that he expects 100 to 400 people to participate in his event on Sunday afternoon at Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.

President Donald Trump will not be there, though, since he's at his golf club in New Jersey.

The number of people in the Kessler event may be lower than their estimate and is likely to be eclipsed by the counterproposals.

Some leading figures in the white nationalist movement in the United States have said that they will not assist or encourage their followers to stay away.

The National Park Service also issued permits for events organized by DC United Against Hate, New York Black Lives Matter and other groups.

Government and police officials in Washington have expressed confidence that the city can handle events without violence; The mayor and the chief of police have promised a massive security mobilization to keep the protesters and opponents of the protesters apart.

Ahmed Mohamed writes a message on the floor of the alley where the community placed a memorial for Heyer

Ahmed Mohamed writes a message on the floor of the alley where the community placed a memorial for Heyer

Ahmed Mohamed writes a message on the floor of the alley where the community placed a memorial for Heyer

Charlie Spearman, close-up, and Jae Em Cafico kneel at the monument dedicated to Heyer on Saturday

Charlie Spearman, close-up, and Jae Em Cafico kneel at the monument dedicated to Heyer on Saturday

Charlie Spearman, close-up, and Jae Em Cafico kneel at the monument dedicated to Heyer on Saturday

Protesters listen to speakers on the campus of the University of Virginia during a rally on Saturday afternoon

Protesters listen to speakers on the campus of the University of Virginia during a rally on Saturday afternoon

Protesters listen to speakers on the campus of the University of Virginia during a rally on Saturday afternoon

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