*It was a year ago this weekend that White-Nationaslists/Supremacists and Nazis wreaked havoc in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their violence ended with protesters beaing beaten and one was even killed. Today and Sunday the unsavory onnes will be making their presense know again. If you’re wondering what the hell is up with that, via The Cut, we’ve got the info you need to be informed:
Exactly one year after Unite the Right, the violent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, many of the same white-nationalist, paramilitary, and other right-wing groups are planning once again to come together for a (second-anniversary) rally — this time, in Washington, D.C. Its purpose, ostensibly, is to “protest civil rights abuses in Charlottesville,” where white supremacists brutally beat a 20-year-old black man and murdered Heather Heyer. (It is unclear what civil rights abuses the organizers think they suffered.)
This year, the event’s organizers are expecting there to be hundreds of people in attendance — but that’s not taking into consideration the number of people who will show up to counterprotest the rally. Below, everything to know about the upcoming demonstration.
Where and when is it?
The second Unite the Right rally will start in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., from August 11 to 12, the anniversary of the original in Charlottesville, Virginia; according to the rally’s website, the main demonstration is planned to start at 5:30 p.m. in Lafayette Square on the 12th. Jason Kessler, the main face of the rally, initially wanted to hold the second demonstration in Charlottesville, but the city denied his request, which led him to the nation’s capital.
Kessler received initial approval for the D.C. event from the National Park Service in late June, but his permit was not officially approved until Thursday before the rally, the New York Post reports.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the National Park Service released documents on Monday showing that Kessler’s confirmed speakers include neo-Nazi Patrick Little, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, Suidlanders spokesman Simon Roche, Patriot Prayer follower Kevin Cormier, Revolutionary Conservative editor Avialae Horton, attorney Corey Mahler, and “pro-white” town manager Tom Kawczynski.
Why is this allowed to happen?
Yes, that is a key question and The Cut has the answer and a lot m ore info you need to know.