Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

DC Restaurants Taking Precautions for Weekend Rally

DC Restaurants Taking Precautions for Weekend Rally

The groups violently clashed with counterprotesters and Antifa demonstrators, which led to the death of one counterprotester and the injury of several others, when a vehicle driven by James Alex Fields struck and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

"We draw a line at giving special accommodations to hate groups and hate speech", Local 689 President Jackie Jeter said in a statement. In July 2017, members of a Ku Klux Klan chapter and counter-protesters gathered at a park for a "loud and angry", but nonviolent protest. "While we are opposed adamantly to what we are going to hear, we know what our responsibility is - to protect First Amendment events, to protect Washingtonians and to protect our city".

The organizer of "Unite the Right 2", Jason Kessler, was denied a permit earlier this year to hold an anniversary rally in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence".

Ahead of the weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency for the state, authorizing the Virginia National Guard to help keep the peace. However, Brackney said that such knowledge would not dramatically change plans.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Fairfax County, Virginia Police Chief Ed Roessler answer questions from reporters about the city's preparations for the white nationalist-led rally marking the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests in Washington, U.S., August 9, 2018. Hundreds of state troopers and other law enforcement personnel have already begun to descend upon the City as the region and state prepare for any demonstrations or other incidents of civil unrest this weekend. No rally has been scheduled for Charlottesville this year because the city refused to issue a permit.

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The fifth and last shutter has been opened as well, the first time ever since the Idukki came into existence in the mid-1970s. Union home minister Rajnath Singh will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday.

On Sunday, demonstrators are set to hold a "white civil rights rally" on the anniversary of last year's "Unite the Right" protest. That's what happened a year ago at the original "Unite the Right" rally and at a July 2017 Ku Klux Klan gathering in Charlottesville, where Klansmen were outnumbered 20-to-1.

The 2017 Charlottesville rally, which drew white supremacists and neo-Nazis, was originally meant to protest the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee that still stands.

The Shut it Down D.C. Coalition, comprised of 38 organizations and community groups, meets regularly to plan counter attacks to the white nationalists. The website for Unite the Right urges marchers to meet at a Virginia Metro station and ride public transportation into the city.

Kessler has not responded to CNN's requests for comment for more details about this weekend's event. "We ask that those who attend not let their personal passion overtake their personal civility". "This also from the president who, on time after time after Charlottesville, said, 'There are very fine people on both sides'". It discourages marchers from staying with strangers or telling them about the march. "We see you, we are with you, and we hope our demonstrations of love across this city over the weekend gives you just a sliver of the comfort your deserve for standing on the front lines in a battle against hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and anti-supremacy". "We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we denounce, that we denounce anti-Semitism and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday".

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