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Park Service gives initial OK to ‘Unite the Right’ rally

June 21, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Jason Kessler walks through a crowd of protesters in front of the Charlottesville Circuit Courthouse ahead of a decision regarding the covered Confederate statues, during a rally in Charlottesville, Va. The National Park Service says it has approved an application for a "Unite the Right" anniversary rally to be held in front of the White House. Organizer Jason Kessler's application describes it as a "white civil rights" rally. He says he wants elected officials in Washington to know that the violence that killed a woman and injured others in Charlottesville was provoked by what he's calling "civil rights abuse." (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An organizer of last year’s deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia has been granted initial approval to host another rally in August, this time in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The National Park Service says it has approved an application for a “Unite the Right” anniversary rally to be held in front of the White House. Other details are still being finalized.

Organizer Jason Kessler’s application describes it as a “white civil rights” rally. He says he wants elected officials in Washington to know that the violence that killed a woman and injured others in Charlottesville was provoked by what he’s calling “civil rights abuse.” Kessler predicts in the application that “members of Antifa affiliated groups will try to disrupt.”

The city of Charlottesville denied Kessler’s application to hold an anniversary rally there.

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