Charlottesville Rejects Request for 2018 Rally

City rejects requests for August 2018 special events

Charlottesville denies permit for Aug. 12 white nationalist anniversary rally

According to official notices signed by City Manager Maurice Jones, the city is denying the applications for August 11-12, a weekend, due to public safety concerns.

Yesterday, the city denied five permit requests for events to be held on the rally's one-year anniversary.

In a three-paragraph decision signed by City Manager Maurice Jones, the city said the request for a permit "cannot be accommodated with the area applied for, or within a reasonable allocation of city funds and/or police resources".

When submitting the application in late November, Kessler stated that the 2018 event was aimed to memorialize "the sacrifices made by political dissidents" and "rally against civil rights abuses", according to The Hill. Heinecke and Brian Lambert, an ally of Kessler's, submitted dueling applications to reserve Justice and McGuffey parks.

In the wake of the violence, President Donald Trump blamed people "on both sides" for what happened.

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I mean, I don't know about you but I've never been... in my youth I was never in situations like that. Would I ever support abuse of children? No, never.

Unite The Right rally organizer Jason Kessler is escorted by police after he attempted to speak at a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 13.

Jones wrote that "no reasonable allocation of city funds or resources can guarantee that event participants will be free of any 'threat of violence'".

Kessler blasted the city's ruling, threatened legal action and vowed he would not be deterred. One woman died during the rally last August.

In response to the declaration, Kessler called the move "bogus" and that it "should be reversed in court". "We're going to be suing Charlottesville for this (and) many other civil rights violations early next year". Heaphy said Charlottesville police failed to protect the public.

Clashes in the streets with counter-protesters ended in the death of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer when a member of the hard-right rammed a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians, injuring 19 others. A 20-year-old OH man who attended the Unite the Right rally, James Alex Fields Jr., is facing a second-degree murder charge in the auto attack.

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