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One year after Charlottesville
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Members of the alt-right (white supremacists and Nazis alike) will converge on the White House on Sunday on the first anniversary of the infamous violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event has Washington, DC, and its residents on high alert. [Reuters / Joseph Ax and Makini Brice]
This year, however, there are many rules. Organizer Jason Kessler says the rally is limited to a march from a metro station to Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. He also stated that rallygoers should not bring flags that are not American or Confederate (no Nazi flags) or encourage any fighting. [Vox / Jane Coaston]
Kessler, who also organized last year’s rally, initially wanted to mark the anniversary in Charlottesville, but the government denied his permit request. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has still declared a state of emergency, amped up the city’s police presence, and allocated $2 million in state funding toward managing Charlottesville after an independent report “found serious police and government failures” in the way Virginia handled the rally. [AP / Alan Suderman]
Unite the Right made headlines in 2017 after the rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statue quickly turned violent, when white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters. Heather Heyer, a young counterdemonstrator, was killed by a self-avowed Nazi sympathizer. [Vox / Dara Lind]
President Donald Trump then infamously said there was “blame on both sides” and “two sides to a story.” He received immense …read more
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