In response to the Alt-Right's peaceful demonstration in support of the Lee Monument on May 13th, the City of Charlottesville and roving mobs of Antifa have cracked down on the First Amendment rights of conservatives and right wing activists.
But Friday night, a judge sided with the white nationalists and ordered the city to allow them to gather in Emancipation Park, where local leaders promise to have hundreds of law enforcement officials monitoring events. The suit claims that Kessler's first amendment and constitutional rights were violated because on August 7, city officials initially tried to revoke his original event permit, and then changed the location of the event.
A representative for the city of Charlottesville did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for a comment in regard to the lawsuit.
City Attorney Craig Brown said the statements were simply councilors exercising their First Amendment rights. The city estimates that 1,000 or more people are expected to be at the rally and that they will be met by about 2,000 counter-protesters. "We firmly believe there is a threat of violence if it takes place in Emancipation Park".
The civil rights groups argue the move violates Kessler's right to free speech, because the rally is meant to be a protest of the city council's decision to remove the statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.
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He said he considered the viewpoint of those supporting the rally "abhorrent", but also says it's their right to peacefully express it.
Today, in 2017, we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.
This morning, I was briefed for the second time this week by public safety officials in my cabinet, the Virginia State Police, the National Guard, and the Department of Emergency Management on their preparations for tomorrow's rally in Charlottesville. "Democracy can be noisy, and it can be messy". He said City Manager Maurice Jones moved the rally strictly for safety precautions.
ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said the organization agrees with Signer.
Charlottesville's mayor expressed outrage at the gathering of white nationalists, who at one point stopped to pay tribute to a statue of Thomas Jefferson, a founding father who owned slaves. "Hate has no place in our communities". Kessler refused to budge, insisting the rally needed to be held at the site of the statue because its removal is "about white genocide".