Jason Kessler has filed for the permit he needs to have another Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on the one year anniversary
Kessler announced on Facebook he had filed the permit for the next Unite the Right rally
In August, Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured when James Alex Fields Jr. rammed counter protesters with his vehicle
Kessler places blame on the police and Antifa for what happened during August’s rally
On Wednesday, Jason Kessler posted on his Facebook page that he filed the permit needed to have a one-year anniversary rally for Unite the Right at Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The permit application is for August 11th and 12th, 2018, but he states he is expecting a fight from the government. In an article on Kessler’s website he wrote, “I simply will not allow these bastards to use the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville government violating a federal judge’s order and the US Constitution, in conjunction with violent Antifa groups, to further demonize activists.”
I’ve applied for a new permit at Charlottesville’s Lee Park for August 11th and 12th, 2018 on the one year anniversary of UTR. I fully expect the Charlottesville government to try and reject it and I’m ready for that fight.
Kessler organized the Charlottesville UTR rally in August. On the second day of the first UTR, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters taking the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and leaving 19 others injured.
I was just coming into my own as an event organizer and had faith in the Charlottesville Police Department to abide by the terms of the security arrangement and keep hostile groups separate.
Kessler claims the Charlottesville police were looking to “screw over” the UTR rally by ensuring members of Antifa knew their plans and allowing them to ambush the alt-right. “They did it to ENABLE the Antifa to attack us while claiming that WE actually screwed things up by not following the security plan…which oh-by-the-way they refuse to release to the public so people can judge for themselves,” Kessler wrote.
This time I, and my attorneys, WILL DEMAND that they release these security arrangements to the public in advance so that all parties, both demonstrators and counter-demonstrators, know what is expected of them. Police will be here, we walk there, counter-demonstrators are required to be behind barricades and not attacking people on the way into the event, etc. We will also require the police to actually do their fucking jobs by demasking individuals violating the felony no mask law and disarming any individuals with illegal weapons like bricks, knives, flamethrowers and baseball bats. There is no place for thuggery at a free speech rally.
Kessler claims that Charlottesville is suing him for an injunction to keep him from holding any other rallies. Chances are high that Charlottesville will deny his permit, which Kessler claims to have a legal team ready to “fight this thing.”
The first time around I worked my ass off and did everything in my power to make sure everything went off without a hitch. However there were organizational issues I was not aware of.
During the first UTR, Kessler claims a big mistake was handing over security to others, claiming it “conceded a lot of control over the event.” Kessler complained that he did not have a megaphone and had little to no control over the crowd. If police had a good working relationship with UTR, Kessler believes things will run a lot smoother.