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White supremacists arrive in Washington for far-right rally


Hundreds of white supremacists have arrived in Washington, DC, for a far-right rally that coinciding with the anniversary of last year’s deadly Charlottesville, Virginia, riots.   

Jason Kessler, the principal organizer of last year’s ‘Unite the Right’ event was seen arriving at the Vienna Metro Station with his entourage Sunday afternoon. 

This year, Kessler has organized the ‘Unite the Right 2’ event, taking place in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. President Donald Trump won’t be there, though. He was at his golf club in New Jersey.

Kessler, who abandoned his bid to stage a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, told local news outlets that Unite the Rite 2 demonstrators are there to ‘stand up for free speech, which has really been in danger over the last year since Charlottesville’.

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Hundreds of white supremacists have arrived in Washington, DC, for a far-right rally that coinciding with the anniversary of last year's deadly Charlottesville, Virginia, riots. Unite the Rite organizer, Jason Kessler (pictured) was spotted arriving at the Vienna station ahead of the protests 

Hundreds of white supremacists have arrived in Washington, DC, for a far-right rally that coinciding with the anniversary of last year’s deadly Charlottesville, Virginia, riots. Unite the Rite organizer, Jason Kessler (pictured) was spotted arriving at the Vienna station ahead of the protests 

Kessler, the principal organizer of last year's 'Unite the Right' event was seen arriving at the Vienna Metro Station with his entourage Sunday afternoon. This year, Kessler has organized the 'Unite the Right 2' event, taking place in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House

Kessler, the principal organizer of last year’s ‘Unite the Right’ event was seen arriving at the Vienna Metro Station with his entourage Sunday afternoon. This year, Kessler has organized the ‘Unite the Right 2’ event, taking place in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House

Kessler, who abandoned his bid to stage a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, told local news outlets that Unite the Rite 2 demonstrators are there to 'stand up for free speech, which has really been in danger over the last year since Charlottesville'. Officers are seen blocking off the entrance of the Vienna Metro station in DC 

Kessler, who abandoned his bid to stage a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, told local news outlets that Unite the Rite 2 demonstrators are there to ‘stand up for free speech, which has really been in danger over the last year since Charlottesville’. Officers are seen blocking off the entrance of the Vienna Metro station in DC 

Washington's Metro closed its Vienna station north gates to the public Sunday afternoon. Fairfax police said they were only opening the gates for Unite The Rite 2 protesters, according to local reports

Washington’s Metro closed its Vienna station north gates to the public Sunday afternoon. Fairfax police said they were only opening the gates for Unite The Rite 2 protesters, according to local reports

Several demonstrations by counterprotesters, who outnumbered the white nationalists, were held nearby 

Several demonstrations by counterprotesters, who outnumbered the white nationalists, were held nearby 

Counterprotesters gather at Freedom Plaza ahead of the Unite the Right rally in Lafayette Park across from the White House 

Counterprotesters gather at Freedom Plaza ahead of the Unite the Right rally in Lafayette Park across from the White House 

Authorities promised an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out last year in downtown Charlottesville

Authorities promised an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out last year in downtown Charlottesville

Police officers arrived to the Vienna Metro Station with their riot gear ahead of the protests on Sunday

Police officers arrived to the Vienna Metro Station with their riot gear ahead of the protests on Sunday

Groups protest in Freedom Plaza with the US Capitol in the background, on the one year anniversary of Charlottesville's 'Unite the Right' rally

Groups protest in Freedom Plaza with the US Capitol in the background, on the one year anniversary of Charlottesville’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally

Washington’s Metro closed its Vienna station north gates to the public Sunday afternoon. Fairfax police said they were only opening the gates for Unite The Rite 2 protesters, according to local reports. 

Photos showed several officers blocking the entrance into the Vienna station as Kessler entered. 

Kessler told NBC: ‘We have been the victims of draconian censorship across social media.’

He also claimed that his supporters are being attacked. When asked how, Kessler said that some of them have had their cars vandalized and received threats. 

As Kessler spoke to media outlets at the Vienna station, his supporters can be seen in the background wearing skull bandannas around their mouths and carrying American flags. 

Kessler also carried several American flags as he walked past reporters. 

It’s believed that this may be the first time DC’s Metro system allowed a white supremacist, his entourage and security to privately board a train. 

According to a tweet from DC reporter, Mike Valerio, ‘law enforcement only let journalists who were right by Kessler’s side get on a “special” metro train. Most reporters held back, along w public’.
Kessler and his supporters were outnumbered by counterprotesters who were holding protests nearby.
Scuffles had already started to break out as the white supremacists made their way to Lafayette Square. 
One counterprotester is seen ripping an American flag from the hands of a Unite the Rite participant. 
Officers were heard shouting at the men to ‘knock it off’ as they tried to move the group forward. 
Kessler is seen checking the time on his watch while heading to the rally

Kessler is seen checking the time on his watch while heading to the rally

A 'White Lives Matter' supporter and his fellow white supremacists gather outside the Vienna

Jason Kessler

A ‘White Lives Matter’ supporter and his fellow white supremacists gather outside the Vienna. Kessler is seen on the train

People gather on Freedom Plaza to join a counterprotest to the Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. One protester was seen holding a sign that read: 'Stop pretending your racism is patriotism'

People gather on Freedom Plaza to join a counterprotest to the Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. One protester was seen holding a sign that read: ‘Stop pretending your racism is patriotism’

Hundreds of people held signs of protest as they gathered on Freedom Plaza. This woman's sign reads: 'No shirt, no shoes, no nazis'

Hundreds of people held signs of protest as they gathered on Freedom Plaza. This woman’s sign reads: ‘No shirt, no shoes, no nazis’

A man holds a banner as people gather at Freedom Plaza to protest the white supremacist Unite the Right rally held in front of the White House on the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

A man holds a banner as people gather at Freedom Plaza to protest the white supremacist Unite the Right rally held in front of the White House on the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

Authorities promised an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out last year in downtown Charlottesville. 

A local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an Ohio man, James Fields, drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

At the time, Trump said there were ‘very fine people’ on both sides, spurring criticism from across the political divide that he was equating the counterprotesters with the rally attendees, who included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. 

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, is embraced at the site where her daughter was killed, on the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Rite protests

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, is embraced at the site where her daughter was killed, on the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Rite protests

Several people hugged Bro who spoke about remembering her daughter a year after her tragic death 

Several people hugged Bro who spoke about remembering her daughter a year after her tragic death 

Hundreds of demonstrators (pictured) took to the streets of Washington, DC, to make a stand against racism 

Hundreds of demonstrators (pictured) took to the streets of Washington, DC, to make a stand against racism 

On Saturday, Trump condemned ‘all types of racism’ in a Twitter post marking the anniversary.

‘The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation,’ the president tweeted. 

‘I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!’ he added. 

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Trump, said on Sunday that the media was ‘just not covering’ the president’s repeated denunciations of white nationalists.

‘He’s calling for unity among all Americans and he denounced all forms of bigotry and acts of violence and racism,’ Conway said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’

Heather Heyer

James Fields

Heather Heyer (left), was killed when an Ohio man, James Fields (right), drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters

This silver Dodge Charger was allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr into a crowd of counterprotesters on Water Street on August 12, 2017  

This silver Dodge Charger was allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr into a crowd of counterprotesters on Water Street on August 12, 2017  

Counter-demonstrators begin to assemble in Lafayette Park rally across from the White House ahead of the planned white supremacist Unite the Right rally

Counter-demonstrators begin to assemble in Lafayette Park rally across from the White House ahead of the planned white supremacist Unite the Right rally

City worker Kenneth Keeles removes newspaper boxes from a street corner ahead of a white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups gathering for the Unite the Right rally in Lafayette Park across from the White House

City worker Kenneth Keeles removes newspaper boxes from a street corner ahead of a white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups gathering for the Unite the Right rally in Lafayette Park across from the White House

Democratic US Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump was not doing enough to disavow racists.

‘He has not gone far enough,’ Cummings said on ABC. 

‘I think it’s a low bar for the president of the United States to simply say he’s against racism. He’s got to do better than that. He’s got to address the people who are spouting racist-type comments and do racial, racist-type acts.’

In Washington on Saturday evening, nearly two dozen police officers patrolled Lafayette Square, where members of the Washington chapter of Black Lives Matter were sprinkled through the park, seemingly standing on guard.

Organizers of #OccupyLafayettePark, a civil rights group that holds nightly protests in the square, held up posters reading ‘Love America, Hate Trump’ and ‘Defend The District From White Supremacy’ just steps away from the White House.

At the time, Trump said there were 'very fine people' on both sides, spurring criticism from across the political divide that he was equating the counterprotesters with the rally attendees, who included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists

At the time, Trump said there were ‘very fine people’ on both sides, spurring criticism from across the political divide that he was equating the counterprotesters with the rally attendees, who included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists

But on Saturday, Trump condemned 'all types of racism' in a Twitter post marking the anniversary. 'The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation,' the president tweeted (pictured)

But on Saturday, Trump condemned ‘all types of racism’ in a Twitter post marking the anniversary. ‘The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation,’ the president tweeted (pictured)

In the picturesque college town of Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers maintained a security perimeter around the normally bustling downtown district throughout the day on Saturday. Students from the University of Virginia, along with residents, marched across the campus on Saturday

In the picturesque college town of Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers maintained a security perimeter around the normally bustling downtown district throughout the day on Saturday. Students from the University of Virginia, along with residents, marched across the campus on Saturday

Many of the 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

Many of the 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

On Sunday, demonstrators took to the streets again to march against racism as they marked the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia 

On Sunday, demonstrators took to the streets again to march against racism as they marked the anniversary of last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia 

In the picturesque college town of Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers maintained a security perimeter around the normally bustling downtown district throughout the day on Saturday. 

Vehicular traffic was barred from an area of more than 15 city blocks, while pedestrians were allowed access at two checkpoints where officers examined bags for weapons.

Hundreds of students and activists took to the streets on Saturday evening. 

Many of the 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.

Earlier on Saturday, a group of anti-fascist protesters walked through the downtown area, holding signs with messages like ‘Good Night White Pride.’ But the day was largely free of confrontation.

On Sunday morning, activist Grace Aheron, 27, donned a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and joined hundreds of fellow Charlottesville residents who gathered at Booker T. Washington Park to mark the anniversary of last year’s bloodshed.

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

Several events were scheduled in the city including a gathering that will include veteran civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton and Susan Bro, the mother of the woman who was killed a year ago.

There were also impromptu memorial services at the site where Heyer was mowed down by an alleged Nazi sympathizer on August 12 last year.

Cops urged restaurants to abandon their outdoor seating areas in the middle of the street.

A group of some 60 people marched up The Mall to the spot on 4th Street where Heyer was killed. The few passers-by clapped them as they chanted anti-Fascist slogans.

They were pictured holding hands in a circle at the intersection where Heyer was fatally struck. 

Last year, several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carried torches and marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus

Last year, several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carried torches and marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus

The march lasted 15 to 20 minutes before ending in skirmishing when the marchers were met by a small group of counterprotesters at the base of the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder 

The march lasted 15 to 20 minutes before ending in skirmishing when the marchers were met by a small group of counterprotesters at the base of the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university’s founder 

 





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