Washington, D.C, and a nation wearied from fights between extremist groups, braced itself for the second Unite the Right rally on Sunday — expected to attract as many as 400 white supremacists, and three times that many counter-protesters, in the shadow of the White House. The rally, scheduled for Sunday evening — the anniversary of the deadly gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia — will take place in Lafayette Park and Freedom Plaza. Collectively, the areas can accommodate 2500 people, and by the end of Sunday authorities expect them to host both the white supremacists, and those affiliated with activist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Torches have been banned from the protests on both sides, and authorities are hoping to keep them separated. On Saturday night, approximately 50 anti-fascist supporters walked through areas of downtown Charlottesville wearing headbands and dressed in black and toting a banner that read, “Good Night, White Pride,” according to a USA Today report. Parts of Northern Virginia and Charlottesville are under a state of emergency. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the order was an “administrative tool” to prepare the Virginia National Guard and other security details for any riots in the city. Two campaigns attempting to maintain the peace in the town where the riots originated are the newly-minted #joinedinstrength and Cville, a 1-year-old campaign represented by a teal-colored heart with the word “Cville” on it. The town also memorialized Heather Heyer, changing the section of street where the activist died while protesting the neo-Nazi rally to Honorary Heather Heyer Way. It was adorned with chalk messages, flowers and other mementos.
siehe auch: Counterprotesters expected to dwarf white supremacists in DC. A day after tensions between police and community activists nearly boiled over on the University of Virginia’s campus, the city of Charlottesville marked Sunday’s anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally against racial hatred.
But some 115 miles (185 kilometres) away in Washington, the principal organizer of last year’s “Unite the Right” event was scheduled to hold a so-called white civil rights rally, and police were preparing for crowds of counterprotesters. Jason Kessler, who abandoned his bid to stage a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, said in his permit application that he expects 100 to 400 people to participate in his event Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. President Donald Trump won’t be there, though. He was at his golf club in New Jersey. The number of people at Kessler’s event could be lower than his estimate and likely will be dwarfed by counterprotests. Some leading figures in the U.S. white nationalist movement have said they won’t attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away. The National Park Service also issued permits for events organized by DC United Against Hate, New York Black Lives Matter and other groups. Government and police officials in Washington have expressed confidence the city can manage the events without violence; the mayor and police chief have promised a massive security mobilization to keep protesters and counter-protesters apart. On Sunday morning in Charlottesville, a crowd of more than 200 people gathered in a park to protest racism and mark the anniversary. The group sang songs, and speakers addressed the crowd. Among them was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalists. Commander, who was with Heyer when she was killed, said, “She is with me today too.” The night before on UVA’s campus, police had a brief, tense confrontation with students and other activists angry over a heavy security presence. They unfurled a banner reading “Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges” and chanted “Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here.” More than 200 marched to another part of campus, where many shouted at a line of officers. Last year, 22-year-old Clara Carlson faced down a group of white supremacists who marched through campus, surrounding her and a group of friends. On Saturday night, she was angry at the police response to the student rally. “The university administration just let white supremacists roll through grounds with their torches, and for us, they’re afraid of us. They are afraid of us because we are demanding change from the university,” Carlson said. The rest of the day had been much quieter, with some residents and businesses expressing that they felt calmer with the police presence in town; Ein Jahr nach Charlottesville Rechtsextreme wollen vors Weiße Haus. Am Jahrestag der tödlichen Proteste in Charlottesville wollen Rechtsextremisten in Washington demonstrieren. Bei der Kundgebung treten Neonazis und Rassisten auf – zum Beispiel vom Ku Klux Klan. Die Polizei in Washington gibt sich gerüstet. Sie ist an Demonstrationen gewöhnt, aber diesmal versichert Polizeichef Peter Newsham ausdrücklich, dass es Aufgabe der Polizei sei, dass die Veranstaltung ohne Gewalt und Zerstörungen ablaufe. “Wir werden die ganze Polizei-Behörde im Einsatz haben, um das zu händeln.” Anlass ist die Demonstration “Unite the right 2” (Vereinigt die Rechte 2), die heute vor dem Weißen Haus in Washington stattfindet. Es ist die Neuauflage der Demonstration vor einem Jahr in Charlottesville, die Neonazis und Rechtsextreme aus dem ganzen Land anzog. Sie endete in gewalttätigen Ausschreitungen und dem Tod einer Gegendemonstrantin. Veranstalter der Demonstration ist wieder Jason Kessler. Er ist ein rechtsextremer Nationalist, der davon überzeugt ist, dass Weiße in den USA benachteiligt werden. Der Radiosender NPR befragte ihn nach seinem Weltbild. Kessler sagte, Weiße seien die einzige Gruppe, die sich nicht organisieren dürfe. Schwarze organisierten sich in “Black lives matter”, Juden hätten die ADL, Muslime hätten Cair. Kessler sagte, ihm gehe es darum, friedlich seine Meinung zu sagen. Laut Medienberichten gehören zu den Rednern bekannte Neonazis und Rassisten, zum Beispiel David Duke vom Ku Klux Klan. Gleichzeitig sind mehrere Gegendemonstrationen angemeldet. Zur größten von ihnen haben 40 Gruppen aufgerufen. Mark Lance gehört zu den Organisatoren: “Wir werden der Welt zeigen, was für eine Stadt wir sind: die vielfältigste und bunteste Stadt in Amerika, die fortschrittlichste Stadt”, sagt er. “Die Idee, dass die hier herkommen und die Verbrechen feiern, die sie in Charlottesville begangen haben – das macht viele Leute zornig.”