The National Park Service has approved an initial request for organizers to hold a second “Unite the Right” rally, this time across the street from the White House in August — one year after white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va.
The park service has given initial approval to an application from Jason Kessler to hold a “white civil rights rally” on Aug. 11 and 12, as first reported by WUSA9. Kessler, along with white supremacist Richard Spencer and others, organized the 2017 rally, during which a woman was killed. The park service has not yet issued a permit for the event.
The rally in Charlottesville last year drew hundreds of white nationalists and supporters who faced off in clashes with counterprotesters. A self-described neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring more than a dozen others.
In an application dated May 8, Kessler estimated that as many as 400 people would attend. He listed the purpose of the event as: “Protesting civil rights abuse in Charlottesville Va / white civil rights rally.” The Los Angeles Times reported that thepark service is now “gathering information” to issue a permit, which will “specify the timing, boundaries, sound regulations and liability rules for the event.”
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