Peace­ful events, heavy se­cu­rity mark rally

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NATION+WORLD -

The city was mark­ing the an­niver­sary of last sum­mer’s white su­prem­a­cist vi­o­lence with marches, vig­ils and other com­mu­nity events that be­gan un­fold­ing peace­fully Satur­day amid a heavy po­lice pres­ence.

As many busi­nesses in a pop­u­lar down­town shop­ping dis­trict be­gan to open Satur­day, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers out­num­bered vis­i­tors. Con­crete bar­ri­ers and metal fences had been erected, and po­lice were search­ing bags.

“It’s nice that they’re here to pro­tect us,” said Lara Mitchell, 66, a sales as­so­ciate at a shop that sells art­work, jew­elry, and other items. “It feels good that they’re here in front of our store. Last year was a whole dif­fer­ent story. It looked like a war zone last year.”

Satur­day marked the an­niver­sary of a night­time march by torch-tot­ing white su­prem­a­cists through the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia’s cam­pus a day ahead of a larger rally in Char­lottesville’s down­town.

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