DC Restaurants Taking Precautions for Weekend Rally


Though speeches at the rally aren't scheduled to begin until 5:30 p.m., some counterprotesters plan to start hours earlier, and police will start closing downtown streets at 8 a.m., mainly around the White House and into Foggy Bottom.

Charlottesville will have a secured area around downtown with security checkpoints that limit access to pedestrians.

It activated the Virginia Emergency Operations Center to coordinate state resources and allocated $2 million to pay for the state's response.

The city is expecting large crowds to honor Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed when a auto rammed into a packed street of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville on August 12 2017. Susan Bro tells NPR that her daughters' legacy is a call to action.

Washington is bracing for a white nationalist rally that law enforcement agencies will try to prevent from descending into a melee like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, that cast a shadow over Donald Trump's presidency a year ago.

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Two Virginia State Police troopers also died when their helicopter crashed as they policed the event.

Racial tension threatens to rip open still healing wounds, one year after a white power march in Charlottesville left death and destruction in its wake.

"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community".

Condemning racism in any form is the kind of pro forma gesture that would have been unremarkable for every commander in chief in recent decades. "Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.

"We want to see students, activists and members of the global community rising up to fight fascism in their universities, local communities, and all institutions that uphold white supremacy and fascism", Majuto said.

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He said, the "unlawful act, which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency, is condemnable and completely unacceptable". Magu, however, was seen rushing out at about 4:40pm, State House Correspondents, tried to catch up with him for an interview.

White nationalists - protected by the 1st amendment - received the "OK" from the National Park Service Thursday to spew hatred and bigotry just beyond the White House gates.

But NPS waited to issue the permit before finalising a security plan.

In downtown Charlottesville, Va., authorities are limiting vehicle and pedestrian traffic, dozens of police in riot gear are patrolling a park in the city's center and some residents have left town in case the weekend turns violent.

On Saturday morning, the university hosted a "morning of reflection and renewal", with musical performances, a poetry reading and an address from University President James Ryan.

Other interfaith leaders who disagree with people who organized the rally held a public prayer service Friday night.

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But three local authorities said a gas tank exploded in a nearby flat, where smoke was seen streaming out of a window. The suspects launched two drones laden with explosives over the outdoor rally, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said.

The official Unite the Right rally website instructs those attending the demonstration to not inform strangers they're participating in the event and to stay with friends in the area if possible. Richard Spencer, a leading white-nationalist leader who helped Kessler organize last year's event, has said he will not participate in Sunday's rally. We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully, ' he said. Jason Kessler, a Charlottesville resident and UVA graduate, sued the city after it denied him a permit for an anniversary event. Richard Spencer, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, led a group of torch-carrying protesters to the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park in May 2017.