WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 12, 2018) (REUTERS) – Various groups of counter-protesters streamed into the streets of Washington D.C. near the White House with one common message – white nationalists were not welcome in the U.S. capital.
Around 20 demonstrators headed to a white nationalist rally walked through the heart of Washington on Sunday, cordoned by rows of police officers and outnumbered by hundreds of counterprotesters who taunted them. Protesters, many of them dressed in all-black and with covered faces, chanted anti-Nazi slogans and waved signs as they marched towards Lafayette Square to protest the rally.
The “Unite the Right 2” event organized to coincide with the anniversary of last year’s racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, took place in Lafayette Square, across from the White House and ended early due to rain.
There was an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out last year in downtown Charlottesville. A local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an Ohio man, James Fields, drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.