Airbnb users claim they are getting booted over far-right rally plans

Airbnb users claim they are getting booted over far-right rally plans

Airbnb users claim they are getting booted over far-right rally plans

The statue has not yet been taken down, but Charlottesville has gained the reputation for hosting white nationalism rallies.

The city has tried to get Kessler to move the event to another park, for safety and logistical reasons, reported CNN affiliate WVIR.

The rally will be held from 12-5 Charlottesville's Lee Park.

Two civil liberties groups - the ACLU's Virginia chapter and The Rutherford Institute - said in a joint letter to the Charlottesville City Council on Tuesday that requiring the demonstration to change venues "raises serious First Amendment concerns". The city has become a nexus of protest and counterprotest between white nationalists and opposing groups.

Several rally goers took to Twitter to express their discontent. "We agree", Brown wrote.

The letter does not define what "substantial interests" went into the City Manager making his decision, nor does it detail what "significant sacrifices" the city and employees made.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a U.S. non-profit which monitors "hate groups", has warned the rally will draw far-right extremists from across the country, including neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members. "At the very least, the city must explain in more than just generalities its reasons for concluding that the demonstration can not safely be held in Emancipation Park". Virginia ACLU director Claire Gastanaga has written that Kessler obtained their legal representation after the letter was written to the city.

"The fact that they'd try and move it away from the statue is, in itself, a violation of our free speech rights", he said.

The city's August 7 decision came after officials anxious that multiple planned protests and thousands of protesters vehemently opposed to each other crammed into a four-block area could prove a safety issue.

The center said it expected extremist groups from "immigration foes to anti-Semitic bigots, neo-Confederates, Proud Boys, Patriot and militia types, outlaw bikers, swastika-wearing neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Ku Klux Klan members" at the rally.

Charlottesville officials say that even though Saturday's Unite the Right rally has been approved only for McIntire Park and not Emancipation Park downtown, they will prepare for a large crowd in the downtown area.

She said plans are not final, but could include road closures during the rally.

The far-right users started speculating online during the weekend about the likelihood of a clampdown against everyone coming to Virginia to attend the speeches of people such as white nationalist Richard Spencer, failed Buzzfeeder gone fundamenalist Baked Alaska, Augustus Invictus, a once aspiring senator and author of works such as Future or Ruin: The Argument for Eugenics, and others in front of a statue of a Confederate general.

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