DC Restaurants Taking Precautions for Weekend Rally

DC Restaurants Taking Precautions for Weekend Rally

"We acted in advance of last year's horrific event in Charlottesville and if we become aware of similar information we won't hesitate to do so again".

Some of the widely varied counterprotest groups are launching their efforts with interfaith events and speakers at Freedom Plaza, which is along Pennsylvania Avenue on the other side of the White House from the white nationalists' planned march route. The rally organized by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups on August 12, 2017, occurred over the proposed removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from a downtown park, which quickly deteriorated into clashes between members of Confederate-sympathizing groups and Antifa, including other counter-protesters.

Government and law enforcement agencies prepare for the white nationalist rally Sunday while Uber, Lyft and AirBnB are distancing themselves from assisting those who want to attend the rally. Ahead of the weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency for the state, authorizing the Virginia National Guard to help keep the peace. Their permit says they are "protesting civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

Organizer: The event was organized by Jason Kessler, who already had last year's rally on his resume.

The far-right organizer of last year's event, Jason Kessler, dropped a court challenge last month in his attempt to obtain a permit to hold a "Unite the Right 2" rally in Charlottesville on August 12.

The permit application said 400 people were expected for Sunday's event, but that number could change.

"We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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

Marchers in this weekend's Unite the Right 2 white nationalist rally may have a harder time getting a ride or a room.

Last year, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when she was struck by a auto that had plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

"D.C. police deal with protests every week and more or less have unlimited resources".

"We have seen in the past where these two groups have been in the same area at the same time, it leads to violent confrontations", Newsham said at a press briefing Thursday.

Kessler has not responded to CNN's requests for comment for more details about this weekend's event. Entrance to the Lawn is limited to Lawn residents and those who have tickets to the Saturday morning event, "The Hope that Summons Us", set for 9 a.m.in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.

"I sat in a closed session briefing probably two months ago about Charlottesville with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, amongst others, and asked if Russian inter-meddling had to do with fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville", Garett, a member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees, said on CNN's "Newsroom". The group paraded through the University of Virginia's campus, shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

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