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August 11, 2017

Tonight, Judge Glen Conrad ruled in our favor and granted an injunction to allow the planned Unite The Right Rally in Charlottesville to be held at Emancipation Park. The following statement can be attributed to ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga:

“We are grateful that the court recognized that the First Amendment applies equally to everyone regardless of their views. We hope that the city will focus tomorrow on managing the expected crowds using de-escalation tactics and flexibility, and avoid the kind of over-militarized response that was mounted on July 8. We encourage everyone participating to commit to non-violence and peaceful protest. 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.”