Counter-protesters outnumber white nationalists at Washington rally

A small group of white nationalists rallied outside the White House on Sunday to mark one year since violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Members of the “Unite the Right” march in Washington, D.C., were heavily guarded by police as they were followed by hundreds of counter-protesters in Lafayette Square.

About 20-40 white nationalists turned out to the event. Jason Kessler, the organizer of the rally, said many people who supported the march didn’t show up because they feared for their safety.

Hours before the event kicked off, nearly 1,000 counter-protesters were already gathered in the area. They rallied, chanting, “no hate, no fear, KKK is not welcome here,” and carried signs that read “black trans lives matter” and “solidarity trumps hate.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville ahead of the anniversary. Last year, one woman, Heather Heyer, was struck and killed by a car driven by a white supremacist. That rally began as a protest against a plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which still stands in Charlottesville.

More than 200 people gathered at the city’s Washington Park to protest racism and remember Heyer. They gathered to recite poetry, sing songs and hold a moment of silence. Many of those marching chanted “never again” and “not in our town.”

A crowd of activists gathered with her mother, Susan Bro, at the site where Heyer was killed.

“There’s so much healing to do,” Bro said, the Associated Press reports. “We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this or we’ll be right back here in no time.”


Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, arrives at the spot where her daughter was killed one year ago in Charlottesville.

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