Jason Kessler files permit to hold 'Unite the Right' rally next August
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Jason Kessler, who helped organize the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this past August, says he's applied for a new permit for next August at Charlottesville's Emancipation Park on August 11 and 12, 2018.
It's the one year anniversary of the 'Unite the Right' rally.
Jason Kessler organized the the rally to demonstrate against moving a statue of confederate general Robert e. Lee from a city park. The rally drew hundreds of counter protesters and led to multiple fights and at least 15 people were injured. A woman was killed and 19 were injured after a car drove through a crowd of people protesting the rally.
"First, let me explain why I’m doing this," he wrote on his website. "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 our activists."
He says next year's rally will be different.
Last year, he said he 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."
"Whereas I once took it in good faith that authorities were keeping the security arrangements secret so that hostile groups like Antifa would not learn of the plans and therefore create a security risk, I now understand that they did that to screw us over. They did it to ENABLE the Antifa to attack us while claiming that WE actually screwed things up by not following the security plan," Kessler wrote.
In 2018, Kessler said he and his attornies are demanding police release security arrangements to the public in advance so all parties, both demonstrators and counter-demonstrators, know what is expected of them.
He said counter-demonstrators will be required to be behind barricades and not attacking people on the way into the event and will not be allowed to be armed or wear masks.
Kessler is facing a lawsuit by the City of Charlottesville to keep him from organizing future rallies.
"Now I have a real legal team that is committed to vigorously defending our constitutional rights. When Charlottesville rejects my permit, as I fully expect them to, we will push back. My attorney will not allow the government actors to do any secretive shenanigans to screw us over either," he wrote. "The rally will be orchestrated precisely with clear instructions for where everyone is supposed to and allowed to go. And this bullshit where they are afraid to remove armed Antifa from the front of the venue will not fly this time around."
Kessler then went on to explain how this rally would be different from last year, saying it would be better organized and he would have the right resources on hand to make sure it happened the way he wants it to.
He also said he would encourage rally attendees to be more sincere and less "LARPy" to "save people from cultural and ethnic genocide."
"We have to help awaken the ethnic consciousness of White Middle America so that they can stand up for their own interests before its too late. That is the number one priority. Any LARPing beyond that is unnecessary," Kessler wrote.
He also said he didn't want "our enemies" to turn the anniversary of the day "they violated our rights" into a "propaganda victory," saying thye would smear and distort what acutally happened on August 12, 2017.
Heather Heyer was killed during the rally in Charlottesville when a man drove into a crowd of people, but Kessler didn't address that in his post, instead said he had a committment to nonviolence.
He then quoted a Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 3:8, “There is a time for war and a time for peace" and continued with he didn't see that they were in a wartime atmosphere, but it could come to that.
"We are in a time of protest, of demanding civil rights for our people and winning hearts and minds. Our enemies have done such a thorough job indoctrinating the populace that even half of the white population hates themselves, actively works against the interests of their people and believe that the foundation of our nation is illegitimate because we “stole” our lands during the age of exploration and conquest," Kessler added.
He said he's out to prove they are the good guys.
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