Park service OKs Unite the Right Rally permit in D.C.

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2018

Joan Fenton knows she will not make much money at her Charlottesville gift shop this weekend, when the downtown district will be virtually locked down for the anniversary of last year's deadly white nationalist rally. As of now, three permits have been approved for the weekend of August 11-12, two of which belong to counter-protesters. Kessler listed the NSM in court papers as among the groups he formally or informally invited to the Charlottesville event.

Prior to the anniversary of Unite the Right rally, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency.

In addition, the Virginia National Guard was authorized to assign forces to the security effort. He added that the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville included "some very fine people". But that protest paled in comparison to what unfolded in August.

Kessler, who is from Charlottesville, submitted an additional request for a permitted rally in his hometown at a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but was denied.

The night before the violence, a large group of mostly young white males marched past the University of Virginia halls and across the Nameless Field with torches.

The site also advises participants to take "an Uber or a taxi" to avoid police, press and protesters. In order to break out in the street, they caused violent clashes and thus, prompted the former Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

Washington authorities have ramped up the capital's emergency level to allow for additional resources to prevent violence, but some are bracing for confrontation.

The violence culminated with a man driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people. The troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, were lending air support in response to the violence in Charlottesville.

"The statue itself is symbolic of a lot of larger issues", Kessler said past year. "It's been going on for a long time in our country". This is Donald Trump's America.

His apparent refusal to condemn neo-Nazis and violent white nationalist groups elicited strong bipartisan pushback. "He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together", the White House spokesperson said. It has also fueled ongoing public debate over the media's role in covering white supremacists groups.

"I think there is blame on both sides", Trump said during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY.

"I think 400 is optimistic but we'll see", he said told NewsHour, after reading Kessler's permit application. You look at both sides.

"To be honest, I never expected to be mobilizing against Nazi's", Lance said.

"There will certainly be provocateurs trying to get a reaction out of you by trying to stick cameras in peoples' faces, yelling, etc", the Unite the Right website stated.

Only one organizer of last summer's rally in Charlottesville seems intent on publicly marking the anniversary.

Exactly one year after the original rally, "Unite the Right 2"-titled like a bad Hollywood sequel-will be held in a park near the White House".

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