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Group behind far-right Charlottesville rally gets approval for 'white civil rights' march in Washington

The rally is due to take place on the anniversary of the Charlottesville event during which a woman was killed.

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THE ORGANISER OF a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, during which a woman was killed, has received approval for a ‘white civil rights’ march in Washington DC.

The rally is scheduled to take place on 12 August, the anniversary of last year’s ‘Unite the Right’ event, which saw hundreds of white nationalist marchers clash with counter-protesters.

Later in the day James Alex Fields Jr, who was a self-identified Nazi, drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring dozens.

The Washington Post reports that the Washington State Park Service has approved the request, made by organiser Jason Kessler, but has not yet issued a permit.

In the application, Kessler describes the purpose of the rally as “protesting civil rights abuse in Charlottesville Va/white civil rights rally”. He had applied to hold an anniversary rally in Charlottesville but this request was denied.

He said attendees will meet at a rally point and then march to Lafayette Park to give speeches. They will then march back to the rally point.

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He noted on the application that “members of Antifa affiliated groups will try to disrupt” the rally.

The Park Service has said it is now gathering information from the organisers of the event and will use that to create a permit.

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