White supremacists arrive in Washington for a far-right rally

Washington, DC, is preparing for a white nationalist demonstration on Sunday that is being organized to coincide with the anniversary of the violence with racial charges last year in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event & # 39; Unite the Right 2 & # 39; It will take place at 5.30 pm in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House (pictured)

Washington, DC, is preparing for a white nationalist demonstration on Sunday that is being organized to coincide with the anniversary of the violence with racial charges last year in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The event & # 39; Unite the Right 2 & # 39; It will take place in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House.

It is expected that several demonstrations by the counterattackers will take place, which is expected to outnumber the white nationalists.

Jason Kessler, the main organizer of the event & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39; last year is scheduled to hold a demonstration of white civil rights.

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Washington, DC, is preparing for a white nationalist demonstration on Sunday that is being organized to coincide with the anniversary of the violence with racial charges last year in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event & # 39; Unite the Right 2 & # 39; It will take place at 5.30 pm in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House (pictured)

Washington, DC, is preparing for a white nationalist demonstration on Sunday that is being organized to coincide with the anniversary of the violence with racial charges last year in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event & # 39; Unite the Right 2 & # 39; It will take place at 5.30 pm in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House (pictured)

Several demonstrations by the counterattackers, expected to outnumber the white nationalists, will be held nearby.

Several demonstrations by the counterattackers, expected to outnumber the white nationalists, will be held nearby.

Several demonstrations by the counterattackers, expected to outnumber the white nationalists, will be held nearby.

Jason Kessler, the main organizer of the event & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39; last year is scheduled to hold a demonstration of white civil rights. Kessler said in his request for permission that he expects between 100 and 400 people to participate in his event on Sunday afternoon at Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.

Jason Kessler, the main organizer of the event & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39; last year is scheduled to hold a demonstration of white civil rights. Kessler said in his request for permission that he expects between 100 and 400 people to participate in his event on Sunday afternoon at Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.

Jason Kessler, the main organizer of the event & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39; last year is scheduled to hold a demonstration of white civil rights. Kessler said in his request for permission that he expects between 100 and 400 people to participate in his event on Sunday afternoon at Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.

Opposition protesters gather at Freedom Plaza before the Unite the Right rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House

Opposition protesters gather at Freedom Plaza before the Unite the Right rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House

Opposition protesters gather at Freedom Plaza before the Unite the Right rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House

Authorities have promised a huge police presence to keep both sides separated and avoid the street fights that erupted last year in downtown Charlottesville.

Authorities have promised a huge police presence to keep both sides separated and avoid the street fights that erupted last year in downtown Charlottesville.

Authorities have promised a huge police presence to keep both sides separated and avoid the street fights that erupted last year in downtown Charlottesville.

Police officers arrived at the Vienna metro station with their riot gear before the protests on Sunday

Police officers arrived at the Vienna metro station with their riot gear before the protests on Sunday

Police officers arrived at the Vienna metro station with their riot gear before the protests on Sunday

Groups protest in Freedom Plaza with the US Capitol. UU In the background, on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville rally & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39;

Groups protest in Freedom Plaza with the US Capitol. UU In the background, on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville rally & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39;

Groups protest in Freedom Plaza with the US Capitol. UU In the background, on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville rally & # 39; Unite the Right & # 39;

Kessler, who abandoned his attempt to organize a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, said in his application for permission that he expects 100 to 400 people to participate in his event on Sunday afternoon, in front of the White House.

President Donald Trump will not be there, however. He was at his golf club in New Jersey.

The Washington Metro closed its doors north of the Vienna station to the public on Sunday afternoon. Fairfax police will only open the doors for Unite The Rite 2 protesters, according to local reports.

Photos showed several officers blocking the entrance to the Vienna station when Kessler entered.

Kessler was seen arriving at the Vienna station with a group of Unite the Right protesters shortly after 2pm.

He is heard saying NBC Unite the Rite 2 protesters are there to defend freedom of expression, which has really been in jeopardy over the past year since Charlottesville & # 39;

"We have been victims of draconian censorship on social media," said Kessler, adding that his supporters are being attacked.

When asked how, Kessler said some of them had their vehicles destroyed and received threats.

While Kessler spoke with the media at the Vienna station, his followers are seen in the background with skulls in their mouths and American flags.

Kessler also carried several US flags when he passed by the journalists.

Some believe that this may be the first time that the DC Metro system allows a white supremacist, his entourage and security to board the train privately.

According to a tweet from DC journalist Mike Valerio, "law enforcement forces only allowed journalists who were right alongside Kessler to get on a" special "subway train. Most of the journalists restrained themselves, Along public w & # 39;

The Washington Metro closed its doors north of the Vienna station to the public on Sunday afternoon. Fairfax police will only open the doors for Unite The Rite 2 protesters, according to local reports. Photos showed several officers blocking the entrance to the Vienna station

The Washington Metro closed its doors north of the Vienna station to the public on Sunday afternoon. Fairfax police will only open the doors for Unite The Rite 2 protesters, according to local reports. Photos showed several officers blocking the entrance to the Vienna station

The Washington Metro closed its doors north of the Vienna station to the public on Sunday afternoon. Fairfax police will only open the doors for Unite The Rite 2 protesters, according to local reports. Photos showed several officers blocking the entrance to the Vienna station

Kessler was spotted arriving at the Vienna station with a group of Unite the Right protesters shortly after 2 p.m.

Kessler was spotted arriving at the Vienna station with a group of Unite the Right protesters shortly after 2 p.m.

Kessler was spotted arriving at the Vienna station with a group of Unite the Right protesters shortly after 2 p.m.

You hear it said that the Unite the Rite 2 protesters are there to defend freedom of expression, which has really been in danger for the last year since Charlottesville & # 39;

You hear it said that the Unite the Rite 2 protesters are there to defend freedom of expression, which has really been in danger for the last year since Charlottesville & # 39;

You hear it said that the Unite the Rite 2 protesters are there to defend freedom of expression, which has really been in danger for the last year since Charlottesville & # 39;

You see Kessler checking the time on his watch while on his way to the rally

You see Kessler checking the time on his watch while on his way to the rally

You see Kessler checking the time on his watch while on his way to the rally

A supporter of & # 39; White Lives Matter & # 39; and his white supremacist colleagues gather outside of Vienna

A supporter of & # 39; White Lives Matter & # 39; and his white supremacist colleagues gather outside of Vienna

Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler

A supporter of & # 39; White Lives Matter & # 39; and his fellow white supremacists gather outside of Vienna. Kessler is seen on the train

People gather at Freedom Plaza to join a counter test at the Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. A protester was seen holding a sign that said: "Stop pretending that your racism is patriotism."

People gather at Freedom Plaza to join a counter test at the Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. A protester was seen holding a sign that said: "Stop pretending that your racism is patriotism."

People gather at Freedom Plaza to join a counter test at the Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. A protester was seen holding a sign that said: "Stop pretending that your racism is patriotism."

Hundreds of people showed signs of protest when they met at Freedom Plaza. The sign of this woman says: "No shirt, no shoes, no Nazis"

Hundreds of people showed signs of protest when they met at Freedom Plaza. The sign of this woman says: "No shirt, no shoes, no Nazis"

Hundreds of people showed signs of protest when they met at Freedom Plaza. The sign of this woman says: "No shirt, no shoes, no Nazis"

A man holds a banner while people gather at Freedom Plaza to protest the Unite the Right white supremacist demonstration in front of the White House on the first anniversary of the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville.

A man holds a banner while people gather at Freedom Plaza to protest the Unite the Right white supremacist demonstration in front of the White House on the first anniversary of the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville.

A man holds a banner while people gather at Freedom Plaza to protest the Unite the Right white supremacist demonstration in front of the White House on the first anniversary of the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville.

The authorities promised a huge police presence to keep both parties separate and avoid the street fights that erupted 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 counter-demonstrators.

At that time, Trump said there were "very good people" on both sides, which provoked criticism from the other side of the political division that he was equating the anti-protesters with those attending the rally, which included neo-Nazis and others. white supremacists.

Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mother, is hugged at the site where her daughter was killed, on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville Unite the Rite protests in 2017

Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mother, is hugged at the site where her daughter was killed, on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville Unite the Rite protests in 2017

Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mother, is hugged at the site where her daughter was killed, on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville Unite the Rite protests in 2017

Several people embraced Bro who spoke about remembering his daughter a year after his tragic death

Several people embraced Bro who spoke about remembering his daughter a year after his tragic death

Several people embraced Bro who spoke about remembering his daughter a year after his tragic death

Hundreds of protesters (pictured) took to the streets of Washington, DC, to fight racism

Hundreds of protesters (pictured) took to the streets of Washington, DC, to fight racism

Hundreds of protesters (pictured) took to the streets of Washington, DC, to fight racism

On Saturday, Trump condemned all types of racism & # 39; in a Twitter publication that marks the anniversary.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago caused death and division without meaning, we must unite as a nation," the president tweeted.

"I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence, peace to ALL Americans!" He added.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to Trump, said on Sunday that the media "simply does not cover" the president's repeated denunciations of white nationalists.

"He is calling for unity among all Americans and denouncing all forms of intolerance and acts of violence and racism," Conway said on ABC's "This Week."

Heather Heyer

Heather Heyer

James Fields

James Fields

Heather Heyer (left), was murdered when an Ohio man, James Fields (right), drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

This silver Dodge Charger was allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr against a crowd of counter-protesters in Water Street on August 12, 2017.

This silver Dodge Charger was allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr against a crowd of counter-protesters in Water Street on August 12, 2017.

This silver Dodge Charger was allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr against a crowd of counter-protesters in Water Street on August 12, 2017.

The counter-demonstrators begin to gather at the Lafayette Park demonstration in front of the planned white supremacy Unite the Right rally

The counter-demonstrators begin to gather at the Lafayette Park demonstration in front of the planned white supremacy Unite the Right rally

The counter-demonstrators begin to gather at the Lafayette Park demonstration in front of the planned white supremacy Unite the Right rally

City worker Kenneth Keeles pulls boxes of newspapers from a corner of the street in front of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups who gather for the Unite the Right rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House

City worker Kenneth Keeles pulls boxes of newspapers from a corner of the street in front of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups who gather for the Unite the Right rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House

City worker Kenneth Keeles pulls boxes of newspapers from a corner of the street in front of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups who gather for the Unite the Right rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House

US Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump was not doing enough to disavow racists.

"He has not gone far enough," Cummings said on ABC.

"I think it's a low bar for the president of the United States to simply say he's against racism, he has to do better than that, he has to address people who are throwing racist comments and who are racist of a racist type ".

In Washington on Saturday night, nearly two dozen police patrolled Lafayette Square, where members of the Washington chapter of Black Lives Matter dotted the park, apparently on guard.

The organizers of #OccupyLafayettePark, a civil rights group that holds nightly protests in the plaza, showed signs that said "Love America, Hate Trump". and & # 39; Defend the district of white supremacy & # 39; a few steps from the White House.

At that time, Trump said there were "very good people" on both sides, which provoked criticism from the other side of the political divide that equated the anti-protesters with those attending the rally, which included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. .

At that time, Trump said there were "very good people" on both sides, which provoked criticism from the other side of the political divide that equated the anti-protesters with those attending the rally, which included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. .

At that time, Trump said there were "very good people" on both sides, which provoked criticism from the other side of the political divide that equated the anti-protesters with those attending the rally, which included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. .

But on Saturday, Trump condemned all types of racism & # 39; in a Twitter publication that marks the anniversary. "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago caused death and division without meaning, we must unite as a nation," the president wrote on Twitter (pictured)

But on Saturday, Trump condemned all types of racism & # 39; in a Twitter publication that marks the anniversary. "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago caused death and division without meaning, we must unite as a nation," the president wrote on Twitter (pictured)

But on Saturday, Trump condemned all types of racism & # 39; in a Twitter publication that marks the anniversary. "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago caused death and division without meaning, we must unite as a nation," the president wrote on Twitter (pictured)

In the quaint college town of Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers maintained a security perimeter around the bustling downtown district all day Saturday. Students from the University of Virginia, along with residents, marched through campus on Saturday

In the quaint college town of Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers maintained a security perimeter around the bustling downtown district all day Saturday. Students from the University of Virginia, along with residents, marched through campus on Saturday

In the quaint college town of Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers maintained a security perimeter around the bustling downtown district all day Saturday. Students from the University of Virginia, along with residents, marched through campus on Saturday

Many of the protesters directed their anger against the strong police presence, with chants such as "police and the Klan go hand in hand," a year after the police were harshly criticized for their inability to prevent violence.

Many of the protesters directed their anger against the strong police presence, with chants such as "police and the Klan go hand in hand," a year after the police were harshly criticized for their inability to prevent violence.

Many of the protesters directed their anger against the strong police presence, with chants such as "police and the Klan go hand in hand," a year after the police were harshly criticized for their inability to prevent violence.

On Sunday, protesters returned to the streets to march against racism as they celebrated the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On Sunday, protesters returned to the streets to march against racism as they celebrated the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On Sunday, protesters returned to the streets to march against racism as they celebrated the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In the quaint college town of Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers maintained a security perimeter around the bustling downtown district all day Saturday.

Vehicular traffic was excluded from an area more than 15 blocks from the city, while pedestrians were allowed access at two checkpoints where officers examined the bags to find weapons.

Hundreds of students and activists took to the streets on Saturday night.

Many of the protesters directed their anger against the strong police presence, with chants such as "police and Klan go hand in hand," a year after the police were harshly criticized for their failure to avoid violence.

Previously on Saturday, a group of antifascist protesters walked through the center of the city, with posters with messages such as "Good Night White Pride." But the day was free of confrontation.

On Sunday morning, activist Grace Aheron, 27, dressed in a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and joined hundreds of Charlottesville residents who gathered at Booker T. Washington Park to commemorate the anniversary of the spill of blood of last year.

"We want to recover our streets, recover our public space, recover our city," said Aheron in the park.

Several events were scheduled in the city, including a meeting that will include the veteran civil rights activist, the Reverend Al Sharpton and Susan Bro, the mother of the woman who was murdered a year ago.

There were also improvised memorial services at the site where Heyer was shot down by a supposed Nazi sympathizer on August 12 last year.

The policemen urged restaurants to leave their outdoor rest areas in the middle of the street.

A group of about 60 people marched through The Mall to the place on 4th Street where Heyer was killed. The few passers-by applauded them as they chanted anti-fascist slogans.

They were taken by the hand in a circle at the intersection where Heyer was fatally beaten.

Last year, several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carried torches and marched in a parade through the campus of the University of Virginia.

Last year, several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carried torches and marched in a parade through the campus of the University of Virginia.

Last year, several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carried torches and marched in a parade through the campus of the University of Virginia.

The march lasted between 15 and 20 minutes before ending in a skirmish when the protesters were greeted by a small group of counter-demonstrators at the base of the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the university.

The march lasted between 15 and 20 minutes before ending in a skirmish when the protesters were greeted by a small group of counter-demonstrators at the base of the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the university.

The march lasted between 15 and 20 minutes before ending in a skirmish when the protesters were greeted by a small group of counter-demonstrators at the base of the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the university.

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