Organized by Unite the Right - the same white supremacist network that called last year's protest in Charlottesville, Virginia - Sunday's rally will once again see the extremists stand face-to-face with anti-fascists, who are staging a counter protest in the same area.
Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, alarming activists who plan to rally against the hatred and bloodshed that shocked the nation last summer. Jason Kessler, organizer of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, submitted the application and wrote that he expects 400 supporters of the alt-right agenda.
Governor Ralph Northam and the City of Charlottesville Wednesday declared states of emergency for the Commonwealth and the city to address the potential impacts of events in and around the City of Charlottesville and outside of Washington, D.C., on August 10-12, 2018.
Law enforcement and D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser stood shoulder-to-shoulder Thursday touting lessons learned from a year ago and patrolling other controversial demonstrations. Charlottesville dedicated part of the street to the 32-year-old who was struck when a vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally.
Two Virginia State Police troopers also died when their helicopter crashed as they policed the event. He went on to say both actions would not be tolerated. "They wanted people to fight so they could deny us our First Amendment rights".
The declarations were made to address the "potential impacts" of events in and around Charlottesville and in Washington, D.C., August 10-12, according to an announcement from the city.
On Sunday, demonstrators are set to hold a "white civil rights rally" on the anniversary of last year's "Unite the Right" protest.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser said she signed an order raising the city's emergency level to allow for additional resources for safety, traffic management and public works.
Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, shouted, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles, and unleashed chemical sprays on each other that weekend in Charlottesville.
According to Unite the Right rally's website, marchers plan to meet at the Vienna Metro station and then they will convene at the Foggy Bottom Metro station where they will be escorted by law enforcement as they make their way down to Lafayette Park for a 5:30 p.m. rally. The two camps will be kept separated by law enforcement - but how isn't clear.
Condemning racism in any form is the kind of pro forma gesture that would have been unremarkable for every commander in chief in recent decades.
"We draw a line at giving special accommodations to hate groups and hate speech", Local 689 President Jackie Jeter said in a statement.
"There is no intention to accommodate one side or the other", Newsham said.
There is concern that the anniversary of last year's bad, deadly event will draw a "sizable number of people" in Charlottesville for the weekend "with all sorts of agendas", Ryan expressed.