UPDATED 1:04 PM PT — Thurs. August 9, 2018
Washington, D.C. officials issue an emergency order for increased security ahead of the the Unite the Right rally scheduled for Sunday.
On Thursday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she signed an order to increase security ahead of a planned nationalist rally in front of the White House.
The National Parks Service approved the permits for both the rally organizers as well as the counter-protesters who are expected to clash amid heated political division as it falls on the anniversary of the violent and deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The D.C. mayor echoed similar comments made by President Trump, condemning bigotry of all kinds.
“We remember seeing burning tiki torches, we remember Heather Heyer — it didn’t make sense last year, and it doesn’t make sense now,” stated Mayor Bowser. “We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we denounce, that we denounce anti-Semitism and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday.”
The D.C. chief of police also made a statement at the news conference, saying the First Amendment protects assemblies of any kind, however, it doesn’t protect against injury to people or destruction of property. He went on to say both actions would not be tolerated.