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In 2017, an assortment of alt-right and far-right affiliated groups gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of Confederate monuments and names from a city square. It ended in the death of a Charlottesville woman.
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Thousands of counterprotesters heavily outnumbered a small group of white nationalists holding a “Unite the Right 2” rally Sunday, a day that was largely peaceful but marked by a few confrontations on the streets of the nation’s capital. 

Unite the Right 2 organizer Jason Kessler said he expected 100 to 400 far-right activists to attend. About two dozen arrived at a subway station near the White House and were escorted by police to the rally site at nearby Lafayette Square.

Before their arrival, thousands of counterprotesters were out in force all day to observe the one-year anniversary of a white nationalist rally a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. That event, the first Unite the Right rally, sparked chaos, violence and resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32.

White nationalists wearing American flags around their faces and as capes arrived in the city to expletives and livid demonstrators. Police escorted them in a tight square, blocked by bicycles and motorcycles.

As the white nationalists proceeded to Lafayette Square, counterprotesters tried pushing into the group, and at least one hurled what appeared to be stones at police and the rallygoers. It’s unclear whether anyone was injured.

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