Federal Bureau of Investigation believes Russian Federation is involved in organizing protests in US

Aug 14, 2018, 02:23
Federal Bureau of Investigation believes Russian Federation is involved in organizing protests in US

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence", appealing for unity ahead of the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Handguns, however, will not be banned, because of state and federal gun rights law, officials said.

The "Unite the Right" rally last August, called to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, turned the picturesque Virginia college town into a chaotic scene of street brawls, and one woman was killed when an OH man rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

The release added these declarations will enhance planning and cooperative response efforts that have been in development since March.

The FBI believes that Russian Federation is involved in organizing last year's protests in Charlottesville.

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

With regards to the security area downtown, law enforcement personnel will man two entry points for pedestrians seeking to enter the security area.

He also said, "They use events like this divisive racial fight, which really ignores the commonality that we as Americans have with one another regardless of our race or ethnicity or religion".

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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This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the rally and events are planned in Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville.

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".

Rally organizers cautioned attendees not to react with anger against any counter protesters. Later, a woman was killed when a auto drove into a crowd of people opposing the white nationalists, and dozens more were injured.

Several peaceful events are planned in Charlottesville to commemorate last year's event and promote racial healing. "[They] should be here as part of the community's voice as we move toward one unity", said Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney.

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