GOP lawmaker: Russian meddling fanned the flames in Charlottesville

GOP lawmaker: Russian meddling fanned the flames in Charlottesville
GOP lawmaker: Russian meddling fanned the flames in Charlottesville
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14 August, 2018

The far-right organizer of last year's event, Jason Kessler, dropped a court challenge last month in his attempt to obtain a permit to hold a "Unite the Right 2" rally in Charlottesville on August 12.

A auto then plowed into a group of the counter-protesters, killing one woman, Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 others.

Restaurants in downtown Washington, D.C., are taking precautions for the "Unite the Right 2" white supremacist rally planned for Sunday, with some planning to close for the weekend and others educating their staffs on handling hard customers.

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said the goal for that community is to have a peaceful weekend.

Chaos erupted before the event even began, with participants and counter-protesters brawling in the street.

White supremacists are planning a "Unite the Right 2" rally, this time outside the White House in Washington D.C.

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Says Miska, "I was challenging the authority of the director of public safety, the governor and the new city manager that they could abrogate my civil rights when there was no known threat".

In Charlottesville, officials have announced an unprecedented lockdown of the bustling downtown district. It was determined that he had purchased razors inside the business, which are among the city ordinance's prohibited items.

In the immediate aftermath, US President Donald Trump drew broad criticism when he appeared initially reluctant to condemn the extreme right-wingers - many of whom have rallied behind him since his election, including David Duke, a former KKK leader and avowed racist and anti-Semite who praised Trump's "courage" in defending white nationalist protesters.

Citizens and media outlets seeking information related to current events in the Charlottesville area are encouraged to follow social media accounts for the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.

John Miska frequently shops on the Downtown Mall, especially when CVS has two-for-one sales on cases of Arizona iced tea. Merchants already suffered a downturn after last year's event; sales tax revenue dropped 11 percent in September 2017 compared with the year before, according to city figures.

Charlottesville has been declared in a state of emergency by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for the one year anniversary of the deadly clash between white nationalists and counter protesters.


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