Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Washington braces for white nationalist rally and counter-protest on Sunday

Washington braces for white nationalist rally and counter-protest on Sunday

As Washington, D.C. braced for a white nationalists to descend upon the capital Sunday, Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe gave a grim recollection of violence perpetrated by the same group in Charlottesville just one year ago. White supremacy is imprinted in the DNA of this nation, and what we saw in August 2017 was an eruption of that ideology.

"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted. Among them was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who was killed when a auto plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalists.

"We want to claim our streets back, claim our public space back, claim our city back", Aheron said at the park.

One year after Susan Bro's daughter was killed when a vehicle plowed into counterprotesters at a rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bro plans to mark the tragedy by going to the street where it happened.

Trump was heavily criticized, including by Republicans, previous year for initially refusing to explicitly condemn the white supremacists who organized and attended the rally. Police officers cleared a path through the counterprotesters for the group to march through on their way to Lafayette Park outside the White House.

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The "Unite the Right 2" event was set to take place at 5.30pm (7.30am AEST) in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House.

President Trump marked the anniversary of the deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia with a tweet that did not single out white supremacists as responsible, while his Jewish daughter named the racist ideology and condemned it.

A 21-year-old white man from OH, who had been photographed demonstrating with the white supremacists, was charged with murder and multiple federal hate crimes after allegedly ramming a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters a year ago.

The group directed chants against police officers who were accompanying the march, including "cops and Klan go hand in hand".

Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of last year's rally is planning another "white civil rights" rally on Sunday.

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Numerous protesters directed their anger at the heavy police presence, with chants like "cops and Klan go hand in hand", a year after police were harshly criticized for their failure to prevent the violence.

Activists unfurled a banner that read, "Last year they came w/ torches". Controversy also surrounded the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

White nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville a year ago, billing it as a protest over the removal of a statue honoring a commander of the Confederate Army, the losing side in the US Civil War. Today, we honor Heather, and all who stood up to hate, by recommitting ourselves to fighting all forms of racism and bigotry.

Bro also thanked Virginia State Police for their presence and sacrifice, leaving flowers for the two officers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who were killed in a helicopter crash related to last year's events.

Kessler's event is expected to be dwarfed by counter-protesters from at least 40 anti-racism groups, including the leftist anti-fascist group Antifa. So, I said, 'Susan, this is what we do.

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