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As the anniversary of last year’s deadly white supremacist rally approaches, states of emergency have been declared for the city of Charlottesville, parts of Northern Virginia and the state of Virginia.
The announcement was made Wednesday as state officials detailed their preparations at a press conference. They described a massive influx of law enforcement officers, two checkpoints south of the Downtown Mall and a significant list of items banned within the perimeter. They declined, though, to detail specific security threats or whether known white supremacists and nationalists, such as rally organizer Jason Kessler, would be in the area.
“We are treating this as a statewide event,” said Jeffrey Stern, coordinator of emergency management for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.