Counterprotesters expected to dwarf white supremacists in DC

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Jason Kessler, who abandoned his bid to stage a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, said in his permit application that he expects 100 to 400 people to participate in his event Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.

The number of people at Kessler's event could be lower than his estimate and likely will be dwarfed by counterprotests.

But while she said she has put in hundreds of hours organising, "it's still unbelievable that they [white supremacists and the far right] will be here after what happened in Charlottesville".

"Focus on the issues - that's exactly what Heather would say".

Counterprotesters also gathered near the Washington suburban metro station of Vienna, Virginia, where about 20 white nationalists carrying American flags were escorted by police as they prepared to board trains to the city.

Authorities came under harsh criticism for underestimating the potential for unrest at last year's rally.

Trump came under heavy criticism, including from Republicans, for initially refusing past year to explicitly condemn white supremacists.

Numerous weapons and items that could be considered an "implement of riots" (see list here) are forbidden in the secure area, as well as masks or hoods that hide one's identity.

Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacist marchers near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".

Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence with marches, vigils and other community events that began unfolding peacefully amid a heavy police presence.

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An independent investigation of the rally violence, led by a former federal prosecutor, found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonProtesters gather at Lambeth field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 11, 2018. She said that she is still learning all the ways the United States treats people unfairly, and that Charlottesville has not changed much since previous year.

Past year in Charlottesville, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other members of hate groups marched through the University of Virginia campus shouting anti-Semitic slogans, then fought with counterprotesters in the city streets.

Among them was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who was killed when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalists.

A separate rally by far-right protesters will be held in Washington DC on the anniversary of the Charlottesville riots.

They're afraid of us. Let us be in one voice and tell them that they are wrong.

On August 12, fighting broke out between neo-Nazi supporters and anti-fascists from a black-clad group called Antifa. Virginia state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed as they were monitoring the rally.

Bro said the anniversary of her daughter's death is an "emotional roller coaster".

In a speech, Bro thanked activists for being present, but she quickly added that the events of the weekend are not just about Heyer.

District law states you can't deny service to anyone based on political affiliation, but when it comes to behavior that threatens a protected class, D.C. law does allow businesses to deny services. "But today, I feel like high tide is in".

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