“Unite the Right” white supremacist rally vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters
The second anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally saw about two dozen white nationalists in Washington D.C. While the 2017 rally resulted in the death of an anti-racist protestor, counter-protesters vastly outnumbered the crowd of white nationalists this year.
During the first “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a white nationalist drove towards the crowd of counter-protesters and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The clash was further deepened as president Trump described both sides as having “good people,” causing more protests to erupt across the country.
The anniversary of the deadly nationalist rally took place this past Sunday on August 12th. Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of the rally, had stated that the rally would host “hundreds” on his permit application. Kessler blamed the low attendance on the confusion of the technical issues, such as transportation.
The rally ended basically as soon as it began. While the small crowd of white nationalists stood next to the speaker system and listened to some of rally’s scheduled speakers, anti-racist protesters drowned the rally’s speeches with chants, like “Nazis go home!” and “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
The “Unite the Rally” was protected by police the entire time. They were escorted in white vans but were confronted by counter-protesters everywhere. The counter-demonstrations were organized and led by 40 anti-racism groups.