Far-right rally planned for Washington DC

Organiser of last year’s ‘Unite the Right’ in Charlottesville given approval for new event

Charlottesville organiser given permission for far-right rally in Washington DC
Scenes from last year’s rally in Charlottesville
(Image credit: 2017 Getty Images)

The US National Parks Service has granted permission for a “white civil rights rally” in Washington DC.

The rally, organised by Jason Kessler, is planned for 11-12 August, the anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which ended in violent clashes.

One woman was killed and 19 other people were injured when James Alex Fielder deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

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“An application to hold another event in Charlottesville this year was rejected due to public safety concerns,” the BBC says.

Kessler says the rally in Washington DC is about “bringing civil rights abuse of the Unite the Right demonstrators to the attention of President Trump and the nation”.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre, which tracks hate groups in the US, says the rally is “expected to draw counter-protests” similar to those at Charlottesville.

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