‘Unite the Right’ White Supremacists, Counterprotesters Set to Face Off in DC [UPDATING]

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On the one-year anniversary of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, VA, which ended in the murder of peaceful protester Heather Heyer, white supremacists and neo-Nazis are set once again to confront each other at the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, DC.

Led by organizer Jason Kessler, white supremacists began boarding public transportation in the late afternoon to make their way downtown for the permitted rally in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. Kessler expects to draw up to 400 white supremacists to the event, which features speakers like former KKK grand wizard David Duke. But judging by early accounts, they might not come close to those numbers.


Surrounded by his supporters, reporters, and Fairfax County Police, Jason Kessler (C) walks toward the Vienna/Fairfax GMU Metro Station on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.
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Hundreds of counterprotesters awaited the arrival of only a “couple dozen” Unite the Right attendees traveling by train, according to media reports. MSNBC’s Garrett Haake said the disorganized group was “outflanked” by counterdemonstrators and members of the news media. “It’s gonna be a blow out,” he wrote on Twitter.


According to The Root, citing WUSA9, Fairfax, VA, police and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority closed northbound gates to the public at the Vienna Station to allow only Unite the Right protesters to enter the station to head to the Foggy Bottom station, where the march is scheduled to begin.

The Associated Press reported that the National Park Service also issued permits for events by DC United Against Hate, New York Black Lives Matter, and other groups.


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Black Lives Matter DC and other groups began marching in the early afternoon, repeating chants like, “Fuck no, we won’t go, the KKK has got to go.”

Meanwhile, earlier in Charlottesville, hundreds of people gathered to protest racism, including a friend who was with Heyer when she was killed last year. “She is with me today, too,” protester Courtney Commander told the AP.


On Saturday night, anti-racism demonstrations in Charlottesville, at the University of Virginia campus, grew tense as protesters were confronted by a multitude of police officers in riot gear, a show of force that participants say was completely unwarranted.

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a young woman near a makeshift memorial for her daughter who was murdered one year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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This story is developing and will be updated throughout the evening.

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