Charlottesville denies permit for August 12 white nationalist anniversary rally


City rejects requests for August 2018 special events

White nationalists who demonstrated in the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this year want to celebrate next year's anniversary with another rally - but it looks like the city isn't having it.

Permits sought by one of his associates for events in Charlottesville's McGuffey and Justice parks were also denied on Monday.

On Nov. 27, rally organizer and "pro-white" activist Jason Kessler submitted his application for the event, which he described in his application as a "rally against civil rights abuse". 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 proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to public safety, and can not be accommodated within the area applied for, or within a reasonable allocation of City funds and/or police resources".

He added in a later Tweet, that the Charlottesville government was "communist" and that his group "WON'T BE STOPPED". Those were denied too. A 20-year-old OH man who was an attendee of the Unite the Right rally, James Alex Fields Jr., is facing a second-degree murder charge in the auto attack.

A large contingent of counter protestors, some violent and some peaceful, surrounded Emancipation Park on August 12, with approximately 2,500 people filling the streets of downtown Charlottesville that day. "Rally still happening in Charlottesville's Lee Park August 11-12th, 2018!" Police then declared an unlawful assembly and forced the two sides back together, resulting in more violence.

In the hours after the event was canceled, a vehicle plowed into a crowd near the Downtown Mall, killing 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer and injuring approximately 35 others.

Carrying tiki torches and Confederate flags, the protesters at the rally chanted "Jews will not replace us" and "blood and soil"-a German Nazi slogan". Heaphy said Charlottesville police failed to protect the public. All those applications were rejected over concerns for public safety.

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