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Emergency declared head of Charlottesville anniversary

Emergency declared head of Charlottesville anniversary

Garett has made similar comments linking last year's violent clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, to "foreign influence", but this is the first time he has attributed those claims to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

CBS affiliate WCAV-TV says the response efforts have been in development since March.

Only one organizer of last summer's white nationalist rally seems intent on publicly marking the anniversary.

Virginia's Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, pre-emptively declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, a procedural move that freed up additional resources.

It is not clear whether any white nationalists will come to Charlottesville this weekend, but officials said they were preparing for any contingency.

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"They're trying to make the world safer for kleptocrats and oligarchs and dictators like Putin and they use things like this racial divisive fight - which ignores the commonalities we as Americans have with each other, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion - this is the sort of thing they do", he continued. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists from across the country to the Virginia college town. "For the anniversary of that hard August weekend which resulted in three lost lives, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia are working closely with law enforcement and public safety agencies from around Virginia to plan for potential events and to keep our city safe from violence", said Charlottesville's Interim City Manager Mike Murphy.

State police and Charlottesville police were unable to communicate by radio the day of the rally because they were on different channels, the report said, and commanders "instructed their officers not to intervene in all but the most serious physical confrontations".

Washington officials said on Thursday that police were ready for the rally as well as five planned counterprotests that could attract close to 2,000 people in all. Later, a woman was killed when a vehicle drove into a crowd of people opposing the white nationalists, and dozens more were injured. A 20-year-old OH man, James Alex Fields, said to have harbored Nazi sympathies, was charged with murder, malicious wounding and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He told a judge in July that he is under treatment for several mental disorders including bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and ADHD. After last year's violence, the city asked the state legislature to ban firearms from major public events, but the bill failed to advance.

A defined security area will be established around downtown that will include security checkpoints limiting access to pedestrians.

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