Opponents are mobilizing in Washington, D.C.to confront hundreds of white supremacists after an organizer of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was granted permission to stage another demonstration outside the White House on the one-year anniversary Sunday. A group of white nationalists had also descended onto Charlottesville for the rally.
Last year, when white supremacy groups collided in Charlottesville, Virginia, the confrontations were deadly.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the white nationalist parades and protests set to take place in Charlottesville, Washington DC, and other towns this Sunday. He admitted there were many lessons to be learned from last year's violence in Charlottesville.
In a news conference on Thursday, D.C. police said the Unite the Right rally is something they have been planning for months.
Asked about his immediate response Saturday, Trump quickly went on to blame both sides for the conflict, adding that there were "very fine people" among both the white supremacists and the counter-protesters.
The National Park Service said Wednesday it issued a permit for a rally in Lafayette Park by Unite the Right.
ANSWER Coalition also plans on demonstrating in Lafayette Park - the same location as the Unite the Right rally.
"As we face this invasion of vile and perverted ideology infesting our region, we stand united in our conviction that a diverse and inclusive Maryland is a stronger Maryland", he said.
The increased police presence is meant to serve as a "deterrent to anyone who would want to come into the community and exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that would violate someone else's First Amendment rights", Brackney said.
Condemning racism in any form is the kind of pro forma gesture that would have been unremarkable for every commander in chief in recent decades. Numerous planned community events will promote peaceful messages, including a gathering in honor of counterprotester Heather Heyer, who was run over by a suspected neo-Nazi sympathizer. It allows for up to 400 participants, who say they plan to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville, VA/white civil rights rally". In addition, they will enforce a state law that prohibits wearing masks in certain places.
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. Brackney also said that a list of prohibited items will be enforced within the restricted access zone including a that could potentially be used as weapons and other "implements of riot".
"I think there is still this mistaken belief that if you ignore these people to some degree, that there won't be as many problems", said Puryear.