Virginia has already declared two state of emergencies for the weekend. One for the entire commonwealth and the other specifically for Charlottesville as officials there prepare for the one-year anniversary of a rally that turned deadly.
Planning for potential violence and civil unrest, officials there are also working closely with agencies and police in D.C., where another “Unite The Right” rally is set to take place.
Freedom Plaza is where counter demonstration groups, including Black Lives Matter, will begin their own rally. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other local officials held a press briefing Thursday afternoon to discuss the city’s emergency safety plan.
Bowser said they will mobilize array of city workers to keep peace during the event.
“We have people coming to our city for the sole purpose of spewing hate," Bowser said during the briefing.
They will march to Lafayette Park where the Unite The Right Rally will begin, so naturally there is great concern that there will be a direct clash.
The Lafayette permits for Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler and the ANSWER Coalition were released Thursday.
Unite the Right permit
ANSWER Coalition permit
The rally in Charlottesville in 2017 resulted in three deaths, including 32-year-old Heather Heyer and two Virginia State Troopers. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says they have learned many lessons from 12 months ago. The Virginia National Guard and other agencies will be deployed during the weekend.
In D.C., five permit requests were filed for Sunday: one for Unite The Right and four others for counter demonstrations.