White nationalists want to march again. Charlottesville says no.
The white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August resulted in the death of Heather D. Heyer want to mark the anniversary next year with another rally.
But on Monday, Charlottesville denied permits to five organizers planning events on Aug. 11 and 12, 2018, including people who wanted to organize counterprotests.
In denial letters obtained by The Daily Progress, a newspaper in Charlottesville, City Manager Maurice Jones wrote that the events would “present a danger to public safety” and “cannot be accommodated within a reasonable allocation of city funds and/or police resources.” Additionally, Jones, wrote in each of the five letters, “There is no person or legal entity willing to accept responsibility for the group’s adherence” to city laws.
Jason Kessler, the white nationalist who organized this year’s “Unite the Right” march, told his Twitter followers that the “Communist government of Charlottesville” had denied his application and vowed to sue “early next year.”
However, the permit requests denied Monday included some filed by opponents of the right-wing marches: Walter Heinecke, a professor at the University of Virginia, and Bob Fenwick, a member of the Charlottesville City Council who voted to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park.