The National Park Service has granted a permit to Jason Kessler, the organizer of last year’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., to hold a similar rally near the White House in August.
Kessler was granted a permit to hold a protest in Lafayette Park on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, the anniversary of the Virginia rally, reports WJLA.
Kessler wrote in his application that he expects 400 people to attend the “white civil rights” rally and said he expects members of “Antifa affiliated groups” to disrupt the event.
“This year we have a new purpose,” he said. “And that’s to talk about the civil rights abuse that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.”
Kessler organized the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which was held to protest the planned removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The event turned deadly when a man linked with white nationalist groups allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counteprotesters and killed a woman named Heather Heyer.
The 32-year-old legal assistant from Virginia was one of 20 people struck by the vehicle.
President Trump drew intense backlash a short time after the rally when he blamed “both sides” for the violence.
As the Hill notes, Kessler and other protesters marched through the University of Virginia campus chanting anti-Semitic remarks prior to the Unite the Right rally.