Stay Tuned to WHUR for the Latest on this Weekend’s Unite the Right Rally and Counter Protests

WHUR will provide live coverage of Sunday’s planned Unite the Right Rally and the various counter protests scheduled.  Harold Fisher and Troy Johnson will be stationed along the protest routes at Lafayette Square.  Hundreds of white nationalists are expected to gather across the street from the White House to mark the one-year anniversary of last year’s controversial march.  DC officials have said they are ready.. Police Chief Peter Newsham has said the main goal will be to keep the two sides separate.  Jason Kessler, a prominent white nationalist, is organizing the rally.

The rally will begin with a march at 5 p.m. and continues with speakers in Lafayette Square from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

As many as 1,500 counter-protesters are expected at Lafayette Square and more at two nearby parks.  Shut it Down will host a rally that it’s calling “Still Here, Still Strong” at Freedom Park to march toward Lafayette Square at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and Black Lives Matter will host a separate meet-up at 2 p.m. called “Rise Up, Fight Back.” D.C. officials are hoping to keep the opposing sides separate in order to prevent a repeat in the nation’s capital of what happened last year in Charlottesville, Virgina.

On Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a station of emergency, which allows officials to marshal resources to prepare for the potential impact of events in and around Charlottesville and Northern Virginia. Police at last year’s event were blasted for being caught off guard by the violence, failing to keep feuding groups apart and not reacting quickly enough as fights broke out.

“On Sunday we know that we have people coming to our city for the sole purpose of spewing hate,” DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.  The mayor also offered  her condolences to the family of Heather Heyer.  Heyer is the 32-year-old woman who was killed last year after a neo-Nazi driver plowed his car into a group  of counter  protesters.

Two Virginia State Police troopers also died when their helicopter crashed as they policed the event.

Washington DC police have closed traffic in certain parts of the city ahead of Sunday’s rallies and are stepping up patrols along with other police departments as a precaution.

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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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