Char­lottesville an­niver­sary week­end opens

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

CHAR­LOTTESVILLE, VA. » Po­lice blocked off streets and mo­bi­lized hun­dreds of of­fi­cers for the an­niver­sary of white su­prem­a­cist vi­o­lence in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia. The se­cu­rity mea­sures alarmed ac­tivists but re­as­sured oth­ers who said they have painful mem­o­ries of last year’s chaos.

Lo­cal and state au­thor­i­ties framed the week­end’s height­ened se­cu­rity as a nec­es­sary pre­cau­tion.

Late Satur­day morn­ing, when many busi­nesses in a pop­u­lar down­town shop­ping dis­trict were be­gin­ning to open, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers out­num­bered vis­i­tors. Con­crete bar­ri­ers and metal fences had been erected, and po­lice were search­ing bags at two check­points where peo­ple could en­ter or leave.

Nearby, dozens of of­fi­cers car­ry­ing hel­mets and with gas masks strapped to their belts stood watch in the park where hun­dreds of white na­tion­al­ists gath­ered last sum­mer at a rally planned in part to protest the city’s plans to re­move a statue of Robert E. Lee.

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