Who are the white nationalists gathering in Washington?

Clay Curtis
August 11, 2018

The organizer of last year's event, white nationalist Jason Kessler, was denied a permit in Charlottesville this year but has secured permission to hold a demonstration on Sunday in Washington, across the street from the White House. An individual who plans to burn a Conderedate flag in the park also reportedly received a permit, according to ABC.

Last year's Unite the Right rally ended with violent clashes between marchers and counter-protesters.

Charlottesville, Virginia, braces for the one-year mark of the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters, and the city is responding by holding anti-racism events this weekend.

Law enforcement and D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser stood shoulder-to-shoulder Thursday touting lessons learned from previous year and patrolling other controversial demonstrations.

That quaint Virginia college town, still wrestling with slavery's legacy, was the scene of protests, violent clashes and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was struck down by a speeding vehicle that plowed into a group of counterprotesters. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety during the rally, crashed August 12. Streets and parks will be closed and are restricting access to a "security area". Speaking to press in the days that followed, Trump stated, "You have people who are very fine people on both sides".

Instead, he and his organization plan to hold a rally with several hundred people at a park across form the White House.

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Meanwhile, Alan Popovsky, who owns several restaurants with president themes in D.C., said he plans to serve Sunday brunch at his restaurant, Lincoln, and then close for dinner, after his staff said they were anxious about their safety.

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.

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.

Initial plans were for Kessler's group to assemble at the Vienna Metro station in northern Virginia and take Metro to Foggy Bottom, then march to McPherson Square.

Preparations have been in the works for Sunday's event for months between law local enforcement agencies, U.S. Park Police and the U.S. Secret Service. "Declaring this state of emergency in advance of the anniversary and the related planned events will help us ensure that the state and the city have all available resources to support emergency responders in case they are needed". The "white civil rights" anniversary rally organized by Kessler, a Charlottesville resident, is expected to attract no more than 100 to 400 people, according to the official permit for the event. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

The protest and counter protests are scheduled to take place in the early evening on Sunday. Police declared it a riot after far-right protesters and members of antifa, the far-left group that calls itself anti-fascist, began launching fireworks, rocks and bottles at each other.

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