The white nationalist behind the deadly Charlottesville riot of 2017 has been approved for a permit to hold another “white civil rights” rally in Washington D.C.
Jason Kessler organized the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer. Now, one year later, Kessler has received a permit to stage another protest on Sunday in Washington, DC, to mark the first anniversary of the race-fueled rally.
Kessler’s rally permit was approved by the National Park Service, who also approved a permit for a counter-protest on the same day. It seems like the National Park Service is setting up another possible confrontation between the white nationalists and counter-protesters. Last year’s face-off between the two resulted in three deaths and multiple injuries.
Kessler has already named this year’s event “Unite the Right 2,” and filed paperwork with the Park Service back in May for a permit that allows up to 400 people to demonstrate in Lafayette Park.
The group will be be located just across from the White House grounds and aim “to protest civil rights abuse in Charlottesville Va/white civil rights rally.”
32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed in last year’s riot in Charlottesville after she was struck by a car driven by a white nationalist who plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters. Two Virginia state troopers also were killed that weekend when their helicopter crashed into the woods nearby.
The Charlottesville cops received a load of backlash at the time for not intervening in the clashes between the torch-carrying white nationalists and rowdy counter-protesters after videos surfaced online that showed officers standing by and watching as people were beaten.
President Trump went on to defend the white nationalists saying there were “many fine people” among the group and blamed the violence “on both sides”.
Virginia has since issued a state of emergency ahead of this year’s planned rallies.
Press Play below for more on last year’s deadly riots.