News & Annoucements

Unite The Right Rally Update

The National Parks Service has granted permits for the Unite the Right Rally and several counter-protests for Sunday, August 12th. All guns have been banned from the events and the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is planning to have a heavy presence to prevent violence. They have also prepared several emergency measures to prevent escalation. We recommend reviewing our travel advisory , our previous statement, as well as our safety information and the Visit DC safety page, and plan travel appropriately.

Otakon's official statement regarding proposed rally near the convention

Hello Otakon Community,

We are reaching out to notify you that we are aware of the proposed rally which would be located between 1-2 miles away from the Walter E. Convention Center. The information that we have received from DC is that the rally will be well monitored as to have minimal or no effect on Otakon.

We assure you, the Otakon Community, that your welfare and safety is our number one priority during the convention along with having an enjoyable time. Currently, we are discussing and closely monitoring the situation. We will take action to help promote a healthy experience for all of our members.

We, at the Otakon Convention ask that you please take time to plan accordingly for your travel and time with us, and that you please read over the following; Otakon Convention Safety, Convention Safety Tips, and Washington, D.C. Safety Information.

Thank you everyone for passionately participating in our mission to appreciate and promote Asian Culture, and ensuring that the community is having a fun and safe time.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

Take care and best regards,

Otakorp, Inc. Board of Directors
Otakon Convention Staff