The “Unite the Right 2” rally is being billed as a “white civil rights rally” meant to protest “civil rights abuse in Charlottesville.”
Sunday’s demonstrations and the opposing rallies are taking place in an atmosphere of heightened racial tension.
This week, NFL players in the first preseason games resumed their protests over police brutality against blacks by raising their fists, kneeling or sitting out during the National Anthem.
“We’ve always acted as if black lives never mattered, as if people of color never mattered,” Susan Bro, the mother of the counterprotester killed in Charlottesville last year, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday. “We really have not treated people of color in the same way we ourselves want to be treated. And I’m calling b.s. on that.”
That event included white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Participants are expected to gather at Washington’s Foggy Bottom subway station at 5 p.m. ET before marching to Lafayette Square park, across the street from the White House, according to the permit application.
In the past, similar far-right demonstrations have been dwarfed by counterprotests.
Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said officers will endeavor to keep far-right demonstrators and counterprotesters separate from one another. Guns will be forbidden near the rally site, regardless of whether an individual has a permit to carry the firearm.
“As the nation’s capital, we host millions of visitors each year,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, in a statement. “Fortunately, very, very few share the views that will be expressed in Lafayette Park on Sunday.”
“Washington, DC, is a city of love, inclusion and diversity,” she continued, “and — like millions of Americans across the nation — we know that the people who are coming here to profess hate and sow division are wrong.”
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“We must come together as a nation,” he wrote. “I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”
Charlottesville hosts vigils, memorials
As Washington prepared for potential crowds of white nationalists, Charlottesville itself was mainly focused on the community’s healing, with a number of vigils and memorial services scheduled throughout the weekend.
Saturday, some crowds showed up in the city, which was under a state of emergency along with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
They were met by a large police presence and a secure perimeter downtown, as well as numerous street closures and parking restrictions as part of an effort to prevent any violent outbreak.
The hearing was part of his lawsuit against Charlottesville after it denied his permit application on the grounds it would “present a danger to public safety.”
CNN’s Holly Yan, Kaylee Hartung and Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.