NPS approves Kessler's permit for D.C. rally

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- The National Park Service has approved Jason Kessler's permit request to hold a rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

The Washington, D.C. Police Department announced the approval for the Unite the Right 2 rally on Thursday.

Permits for two counter-demonstrations were also approved, one on Wednesday evening and the second on Thursday.

One other permit request is still pending.

According to police during a press conference, the groups will be kept separate and there will be an emergency operations center running to coordinate any necessary response.

This follows after Kessler resolved a lawsuit filed against him by the city of Charlottesville and local businesses and says there will be no repeat of last year's events in Charlottesville.

In July, Kessler, an organizer of 2017's gathering, withdrew his petition for preliminary injunction against the city of Charlottesville in Federal court Tuesday. Kessler filed the legal action after city leaders denied his request to stage a rally on August 11 and 12, 2018, the anniversary of a deadly rally that resulted in the death of Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer.