White civil rights rally to take place Sunday in DC

Comes 1 year after deadly Charlottesville protest
Posted at 8:24 AM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-11 14:08:15-04

Hundreds, if not thousands of people are expected to descend on DC this weekend one year after the deadly Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Another rally, as well as several counter-protests, will take place in DC, and officials are preparing for possible violence, while others are hoping for peace. 

On Friday, there will be a four-hour vigil in Rockville where dozens will gather to pray for peace and remember those killed during the Unite the Right Rally - 32-year Heather Hyer, and two Virginia state troopers.

Because of the anticipated rallies, Virginia has declared two states of emergencies for the weekend, one for Charlottesville, another for the entire commonwealth.

Sunday in DC will bring white nationalists demonstrators face-to-face with groups of counter-protestors. Officials say they have their own emergency safety plan as they brace themselves for what could be a violent weekend of civil unrest.

People praying for a peaceful weekend in DC will meet Friday night at 8 at the Rockville Seventh Day Adventist Church. They say all races, creeds, and religions are welcome as they hope to bring others together in peace.