Updated: Kessler's Permit Approved for Aug. 12 D.C. Rally
Jason Eric Kessler leaving the federal courthouse in Charlottesville (FILE IMAGE)
WASHINGTON, DC (WVIR) -
The National Park Service has granted Jason Kessler a permit for use of Lafayette Park on August 12 in Washington, D.C. Kessler applied for the permit to hold a “Unite the Right Rally 2” event one year after his rally in Charlottesville.
Kessler's event, which is purposed as a "White civil rights rally," is scheduled to last from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in the southwest quadrant of Lafayette Park.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, which aims to stop stop war and end racism, also received approval for use of land in D.C. to counterprotest. Their anticipated 2,000 counterprotesters will use a portion of the northern half of Lafayette Park, Farragut Square, McPherson Park. The coalition's permit lasts from 8 a.m. on Sunday morning to 11:59 p.m with the official rally lasting from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Washington D.C. Police Department held a press conference on Thursday, which included comments from Mayor Muriel Bowser and law enforcement about the upcoming weekend.
In December, Kessler was denied a permit by City Hall to hold another Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville. Kessler later filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming his First and 14th Amendment rights were being violated, but recently dropped his lawsuit.
Kessler said he expects as many as 400 people to attend his event. Official use of the park lasts from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. to include security checks and setup time.