A small group of White Nationalists gathered outside the White House on Sunday to celebrate a year after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Members of the "Unite the Right" march in Washington, DC were heavily guarded by the police when hundreds of counter-demonstrators in Lafayette Square followed them.
About 20-40 white nationalists appeared to the event. Jason Kessler, the organizer of the rally, said many people who supported the march did not show up because they feared for their safety. The rally was interrupted abruptly, just one hour after the start.
Hours before the event, nearly 1,000 demonstrators were already gathered in the area. They gathered, shouting, "no hate, no fear, KKK is not welcome here" and carried signs saying, "Black trans life is important" and "solidarity trumps hate".
In the meantime, Charlottesville was under the state of emergency of Governor Ralph Northam. The security in the historic city was in short supply and the demonstrations were mostly peaceful despite four arrests in the city center. Northam provided about $ 2 million in security costs, and more than 1,000 state and state police officers were used to avert violence.
It was a stark contrast to the chaos of last August when a white racist hit and killed activist Heather Heyer in his car. More than 200 people gathered in the city's Washington Park to protest racism and remember Heyer. Many of them marched and shouted "never again" and "not in our city".
A group of activists gathered with Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, at the place where her daughter was killed. Bro said that the nation and the city have much more to do when it comes to racism. Race problem in our city and in our country. We have to fix that or we'll be right back. "