There could be another 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, organizers apply for permit

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (WUSA9) - The man behind the Charlottesville "alt-right" rally that left one dead and more than a dozen injured has applied again for a rally permit with the city.

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Jason Kessler announced on his Twitter account Wednesday that he applied for a rally permit for the weekend of Aug. 11-12 of 2018. 

A spokesperson with the city of Charlottesville confirmed Kessler's claims, stating the city received his permit application on Monday.

According to the city they have yet to review the permit, but may do so with their lawyers.

In August, The Unite the Right rally turned violent, after a driver rammed a car into a crowd of counter protestors, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. Two pilots, who were also assisting police from a helicopter, died when their chopper crashed in a wooded area several miles away from the protest. 

RELATED: 1 dead, 19 injured as car hits crowd in Charlottesville, driver arrested

The group brought together white nationalists, neo-nazis and others who describe themselves as the "alt-right."

According to Kessler's blog, he applied for the permit in Lee Park on the one year anniversary of the the Unite the Right rally.

"First, let me explain why I’m doing this. I simply will not allow these b------s 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," Kessler wrote.

Kessler wrote that that rally would be different in 2018 because he and his lawyers will demand that the Charlottesville Police Department release their security arrangements to the public in advanced 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," he added. "We will also require the police to actually do their f---ing 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."

The city hired a former U.S. Attorney to launch an independent investigation into the city's response to the rallies on Aug. 12 and 13, plus another rally held in July 2017. Those results are expected to be released this week. 

The city spokesperson would not tell WUSA9 whether they would or would not approve the permit. There is no timeline yet for when the city will review the permit. 

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