D.C. Police Vow to Keep Protesters Apart at Weekend Demonstrations

WHSV file image of a line of Virginia State Police troopers at the

One of those businesses, Chief Brian' Comfort Kitchen, is located just blocks from where the epicenter for the rally will be held and its owner said he will take a stand against those attending the Unite the Right rally. 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.

"We're bringing people from all over Sandtown, and all over Baltimore City, to go to the Unite the Right Rally", said Reverend Rodney Hudson of Ames Memorial United Methodist Church.

It allows for up to 400 participants, who say they plan to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville, VA/white civil rights rally".

The morning of August 12, 2017, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency due to the rally's violence.

During an interview this summer, Kessler said he was still "coming to terms" with what happened at last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville and said he apologized to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a motorist drove his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters. Fields was charged with 29 hate crimes in June. His trial is scheduled to begin on November 26, 2017.

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Two Virginia state troopers who were assisting the authorities by observing the unrest from the air died when their helicopter crashed on August 12.

Kessler had applied for a permit to hold his anniversary rally in Charlottesville, and had sued the city when they denied him the permit, but he dropped his battle with the city in late July.

One year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a counterprotester dead, the event's organizer is producing an encore.

A march is to begin at 5 p.m. ET Sunday from Washington's Foggy Bottom subway station to Lafayette Square park, according to the "Unite the Right 2" website.

"This puts M.P.D.in a very precarious position", Newsham said, adding that officers will be "on high alert for anyone carrying a firearm".

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The counter-protests in Washington have renewed the debate over whether small demonstrations of racist extremists should be ignored, or greeted with forceful public opposition.

A release on the emergency declarations said this is to address the potential impacts of events in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. that will take place this weekend. "We have people coming to our city for the sole objective of spewing hate", Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a briefing today.

The law enforcement agencies closed off access to the downtown mall and set up barricades to prevent vehicle traffic on downtown streets.

Law enforcement officials said there will be a heavy police presence meant to deter any violence.

The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division.

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