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.
President Trump drew fierce backlash after blaming “many sides” for the violence. Protesters came out in cities across the country the day after his remarks to condemn white supremacists.
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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