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"We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully".

The organizer behind the main event, set to take place at Lafayette Park, is Jason Kessler.

According to National Parks Service, a permit for a counterprotest was also approved on Thursday. He also did not mention a white nationalist demonstration planned for Sunday in the capital.

In Virginia, heightened security measures for this weekend's events include State Police and Virginia National Guard presence in Charlottesvile.

Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence.

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".

"Last year, I was afraid of the Nazis".

White nationalists and anti-racism protesters will face off just metres from the White House on Sunday as both mark the one-year anniversary of violent clashes in Charlottesville.

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"They want to be open in solidarity with the community", Fenton said. U.Va. was the scene of a torch-lit march the night before the first Unite the Right rally past year, where hundreds of white nationalists, carrying Tiki torches, gathered at the rotunda and surrounded a group of counterprotesters around the Jefferson statue.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Fairfax County, Virginia Police Chief Ed Roessler answer questions from reporters about the city's preparations for the white nationalist-led rally marking the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests in Washington, U.S., August 9, 2018.

"I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client", said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed almost a year ago in a vehicle attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, US.

Schoep also addressed the Charlottesville, Virginia incident and said his group, "acted in self defense ... we are not the ones creating the violence". Police are anxious about clashes along the way into and through the city, and emails between Kessler, police and the National Park Service show that Kessler fears an ambush from counterprotesters.

State Police keep a handful of Confederate protesters separated from counter demonstrators in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Kessler has not responded to CNN's requests for comment for more details about this weekend's event.

"I sat in a closed session briefing - probably two months ago - about Charlottesville, with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation amongst others, and asked if Russian intermeddling had do with fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville", he said.

The images of people carrying torches and shouting racist slogans as they marched shocked the city, the country and the world.

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