Officials Deny Permit for White Nationalist Event on Anniversary of Deadly Rally

IMAGE The August 12 rally was punctuated with violence

IMAGE The August 12 rally was punctuated with violence

Kessler wanted to hold the second event over two days on August 11 and 12, 2018 to "rally against government civil rights abuse and failure to follow security plans for political dissidents".

"The proposed demonstration or special event presents a danger to public safety and it can not be accommodate within a reasonable allocation of city funds and/or police resources", read notices signed by City Manager Maurice Jones.

A supporter of Kessler then submitted another application for a nearby park. At the August 12 rally, police largely looked on as physical altercations took place in the park and adjacent streets. Shortly after, several others, including a city councilor and a professor at the University of Virginia, submitted applications of their own to provide space for counter-protests.

The city denied those permit applications for the same reasons Kessler's was rejected.

"We're going to be suing Charlottesville for this and many other civil rights violations starting early next year", the organizer wrote in an email to the Post, later adding that "the rally is still happening".

Kessler, who organized the original "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally at the park in August, submitted the request in late November, saying the event's goal was to "rally against government civil rights abuse and failure to follow security plans". The event was shut down by noon when authorities declared an unlawful assembly.

Jason Kessler, organizer of the "Unite the Right" rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, Aug. 12, gave a press conference on the events Sunday. The third-party report, which the city hired former US attorney Tim Heaphy to conduct, asserted that local and state officers were ordered to not intervene in the fighting that roiled Market Street.

The violence that marked the rally worsened when James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer from OH, allegedly drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others. "The city was unable to protect the right of free expression and facilitate the permit holder's offensive speech", said the report. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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