Russia Contributed To Charlottesville Rally Violence, GOP Lawmaker Claims

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But the organizer of last year's rally, Jason Kessler, is telling his followers to avoid Charlottesville. But like many other owners, she will be open anyway.

After last year's event in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended up in violence that resulted in the death of one counter-protester, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington is working with restaurants to help them know how to respond legally to situations, reports The Washingtonian.

The City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville Police and all partner agencies involved in safeguarding the Greater Charlottesville Region throughout the weekend continue to remain vigilant in anticipation of planned events.

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said the goal for that community is to have a peaceful weekend.

Washington officials said on Thursday that police were ready for the rally as well as five planned counterprotests that could attract close to 2,000 people in all.

Says Miska, "I was challenging the authority of the director of public safety, the governor and the new city manager that they could abrogate my civil rights when there was no known threat". I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence.

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In Charlottesville, officials have announced an unprecedented lockdown of the bustling downtown district.

Guns, however, can still be legally carried.

Meanwhile, Alan Popovsky, who owns several restaurants with president themes in D.C., said he plans to serve Sunday brunch at his restaurant, Lincoln, and then close for dinner, after his staff said they were anxious about their safety. Police were widely criticized after last year's event, where some officers did not intervene to stop fistfights and other mayhem.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend and "state police is fully prepared to act" to prevent any incidents like past year.

Citizens and media outlets seeking information related to current events in the Charlottesville area are encouraged to follow social media accounts for the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.

Last year's "Unite the Right" rally turned deadly in Charlottesville when a man with alleged neo-Nazi ties drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing local resident Heather Heyer.

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