White nationalists get OK to march in front of White House

White nationalists get OK to march in front of White House

The event descended into violence, with clashes erupting between attendees and counterprotesters.

Peter Cvjetanovic marches with white nationalists and far right extremists as they encircle the base of a Thomas Jefferson statue after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 11, 2017.

Attendees of "Unite the Right 2", a follow-up to the controversial far-right protest previous year, have been told to bring Confederate flags, wear body cameras and expect to be provoked.

Many cities across the country have been grappling with what to do with their Confederate statues, as some feel that they are reminders of a dark time of racism in USA history and should be taken down.

Only one organiser of last summer's rally seems intent on publicly marking the anniversary.

The second permit was issued to the Answer Coalition, a group that has called for "mass action" on Sunday to protest what it described as racists, fascists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. 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.

Washington, D.C. officials issue an emergency order for increased security ahead of the the Unite the Right rally scheduled for Sunday. Rally participants carried rifles, shields, neo-Nazi paraphernalia, Confederate battle flags and reportedly chanted Nazi slogans.

Republican Rep. Tom Garrett said Saturday that he was told during a briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director thatRussian meddling played in a role in "fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville", Virginia, one year ago, when a white nationalist rally turned violent and resulted in the death of a counterprotester.

Last year, violent clashes with counter-protestors left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead.

Fields was indicted for the death of Heyer and charged with 30 hate crimes. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin in November.

Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

Murphy also said at Monday's meeting that he chose to deny the remaining pending permits the previous Friday for a recreational fair-style "Festival of the Schmestival" event in Market Street Park on Saturday due to safety concerns. "The only accommodation that the Metropolitan Police Department is providing is to make sure that everybody who is in our city on that day doesn't get hurt".

Mayor Bowser made it clear during the news conference that hate is not what the District is about.

With regards to the security area downtown, law enforcement personnel will man two entry points for pedestrians seeking to enter the security area.

At Equinox, also near the White House, owners Ellen Kassoff Gray and chef Todd Gray say they've never closed during protests, but expect business to suffer this weekend.

Lisa Woolfork, a University of Virginia professor and Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer, told the Associated Press that police are mounting a "huge, overwhelming show of force to compensate for last year's inaction".

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