Judge weighing Unite the Right rally permit injunction

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler, the organizer of the rally that is expected to draw "alt-right" activists and white nationalists, filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday against the city of Charlottesville.

A sizeable contingent of members of the extreme right and white nationalists are expected to descend on a small USA university town Saturday - and a fierce opposition front is uniting against it. Counter demonstrators are also expected.

Following months of public debate, the Charlottesville city council voted in February to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

"The Charlottesville event could be a potentially historic showcase of hate, bringing together more extremists in one place than we have seen in at least a decade", said Oren Segal, director of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League, a group that monitors and combats anti-Semitism.

The city said in a statement that it would abide by the judge's decision. Numerous individuals coming to Charlottesville tomorrow are doing so in order to express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent.

Police Chief Alfred Thomas with the Charlottesville Police Department says there is a lot of anxiety in the community but says his department is ready to keep people safe.

Officers clash with counter protesters after the Ku Klux Klan staged a protest on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. At my direction, personnel from the Virginia National Guard are also standing by to respond if needed. "We will be there to observe and document police practices as we were on July 8 and at other rallies and protests across Virginia since January and before". Though they were outnumbered by hundreds of jeering counterprotestors, images of the extreme right marchers - some donning the traditional white hood of the notorious white power group - spread worldwide.

The so-called "alt-right" movement generally espouses a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

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