Judge weighing Unite the Right rally permit injunction

What began as a local effort to protect a symbol of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become what may be the largest gathering of "pro-white" demonstrators in the United States for well over a decade at this weekend's "Unite the Right" rally. AirBnB has been canceling bookings associated with white nationalists, which is sure to be taken as an attack on attendees' First Amendment rights.

He said he considered the viewpoint of those supporting the rally "abhorrent", but also says it's their right to peacefully express it.

The decision came after civil rights attorneys representing Kessler's effort to hold the rally in Emancipation Park argued that tweets and public statements by city councilors show that the city's attempt to move the rally to McIntire Park was in response to the rally's content rather than public safety.

"It is also the right of every American to deny those ideas more attention than they deserve", said McAuliffe.

A federal judge sided with alt-right organizers and upheld their right to meet Saturday in Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, where the Robert E. Lee statue is located that city council wants to remove.

The rally is expected to draw at least 1,000 participants, according to an affidavit from Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, which was provided to ABC News from the ACLU.

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Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement he was "beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation".

"There is no doubt that Mr. Kessler has a First Amendment right to hold a demonstration and to express his views", the city manager wrote in a statement on August 7.

Saturday's rally is meant to protest the city's scheduled removal of the monument as well as its recent renaming of Lee Park, and Mr. Kessler's attorneys argued Thursday that holding the rally elsewhere would "dilute and alter" the demonstrators' message as well as "substantially undermine" their ability to communicate their cause.

He received a permit from the city on June 13 to hold a "free speech rally in support of the Lee monument" there this Saturday, but abruptly learned on Monday of this week that the event had been moved to Mclntire Park roughly a mile away.

On July 8 a few dozen Ku Klux Klan marchers gathered in Charlottesville to protest plans to remove the statue of Lee.

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