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Unite the Right rally organizer withdraws request to hold another Charlottesville rally

Jason Kessler was originally trying to have another rally in Charlottesville

Alt-right blogger Jason Kessler waits for protesters to quiet before begnning a news conference in front of City Hall August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kessler, who helped organize the Unite the Right rally one day earlier, blamed Charlottesville government officials and law enforcement for failing to protect the first amendment rights of the rally's participants, a collection of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and alt-right supporters. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Alt-right blogger Jason Kessler waits for protesters to quiet before begnning a news conference in front of City Hall August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kessler, who helped organize the Unite the Right rally one day earlier, blamed Charlottesville government officials and law enforcement for failing to protect the first amendment rights of the rally's participants, a collection of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and alt-right supporters. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jason Kessler has withdrawn his injunction request for a permit in Charlottesville on August 11-12 anniversary, according to NBC29.


An organizer of last summer's deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia is seeking a court order allowing him to stage an event marking its anniversary.

U.S. District Judge Norman Moon scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Jason Kessler's request for a preliminary injunction that would compel the city of Charlottesville to issue him a rally permit for next month.

Kessler sued in March, claiming the city's refusal to grant him a permit tramples on his free speech rights under the First Amendment.

City attorneys say Kessler can't be trusted to cooperate with police to stage a peaceful event.

Hundreds of white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed at last year's "Unite the Right" rally before a car plowed into a crowd of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.


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