The leader of the fatal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year recently got a permit to host a rally just like it in Washington, D.C. this year.
WJLA in Washington reported, along with other local sources, that the National Park Service gave Jason Kessler a permit to lead a protest from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, the Virginia rally’s anniversary. The event will take place close to the White House in Lafayette Park.
In his application, Kessler wrote that he predicts that 400 individuals will go to the “white civil rights” event. He added that he expects people from “Antifa affiliated groups” to crash the rally.
“This year we have a new purpose,” Kessler declared. “And that’s to talk about the civil rights abuse that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.”
Kessler organized Charlottesville’s Unite the Right rally in August 2017, in response to plans of removing a Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue. The rally became violent when protesters clashed with counterprotesters, causing one woman to die after a man associated with white nationalist groups drove into a crowd of counteprotesters with a car.
This year, Charlottesville did not permit Kessler to organize another rally there, for public safety reasons. Kessler has declared he is suing Charlottesville because of it.
The campus of the University of Virginia has also banned Kessler following multiple reports to the school about Kessler threatening students.
Before the Unite the Right event, Kessler along with other protesters chanted anti-Semitic comments while marching through the campus of the University of Virginia.