It recently came to light that a rather unfortunate scheduling conflict is occurring during this year’s Otakon in Washington D.C. The convention takes place August 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which is located just one mile from Lafayette Square Park, where a Unite the Right rally will be held.
Last year’s white supremacist rally resulted in a counter-protest and the death of Heather Heyer, who James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly ran over with his vehicle. The one year anniversary Unite the Right rally has been initially approved by the National Park Service and scheduled for August 11 and 12. Organizer Jason Kessler, who submitted the application on May 8, expects around 400 white nationalists to attend the “white civil rights” rally.
The organizers at Otakon are aware of the situation and posted the following message on Twitter:
To all of our fans and Members: We would like you to know that Otakon is aware of the proposed rally which would take place 2.1 miles from our event, and the concerns raised by our members. We are carefully monitoring the situation as it develops.
— Otakon (@Otakon) June 21, 2018