The organizer behind last year's white nationalist rally in Virginia got an initial green light to hold a rally in D.C., exactly one year to the date of the fatal clash in Charlottesville.
WASHINGTON — The organizer behind last year’s white nationalist rally in Virginia got an initial green light to hold a rally in D.C., exactly one year to the date of the fatal clash in Charlottesville.
He also wrote on the application that “members of Antifa affiliated groups will try to disrupt” the rally. Antifa is shorthand for anti-fascists, an umbrella description for the far-left-leaning militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations and other events.
White nationalism is a subset of racist beliefs that calls for a separate territory and enhanced legal rights and protections for white people.
“The proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to public safety, and cannot be accommodated within the area applied for, or within a reasonable allocation of City funds and/or police resources,” wrote Jones in the application denial.
White nationalists and counter-protesters were involved in clashes last August, resulting in three deaths and several injuries.
Heather Heyer was killed when a car driven by James Alex Fields plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. A former teacher described Fields as having a “keen interest in Nazi Germany and Adolph Hitler, the Associated Press reported.
Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed when their helicopter crashed while assisting law enforcement monitor the rally.