'Unite the Right' counterprotesters gather near White House at Lafayette Park

'Unite the Right' counterprotesters gather near White House at Lafayette Park

'Unite the Right' counterprotesters gather near White House at Lafayette Park

Last year, President Trump was criticized after the attack for saying there were "very fine people" on both sides of the rally, seemingly equating the actions of white nationalists with counter-protesters.

The objective of the Unite the Right rally is to protest the civil rights abuses of groups on the right, as was last year's rally where a 20-year-old black man was brutally beat and Heather Heyer killed.

The former governor explained the situation to the president that day, but Trump's response was markedly different, as he avoided any meaningful condemnation of the racism that was clearly at play.

Organizer: The event was organized by Jason Kessler, who already had last year's rally on his resume.

The rally attracted counter protesters, and clashes quickly broke out between the two groups. "Public perception is key", he said.

After Charlottesville blocked Kessler and fellow organizers from hosting an anniversary event in the city, they secured approval from federal officials to hold a rally near the White House.

At the same time, she said: "We, the people of Washington, D.C., say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we denounce anti-semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday".

The group directed chants against police officers who were accompanying the march, including "cops and Klan go hand in hand".

On Sunday morning, as Washington prepared for potential crowds of white nationalists, a crowd made up of leftist and anti-racist demonstrators gathered in Charlottesville and made their way to the site of Heyer's death, where some had paid their respects and used chalk to scrawl messages of remembrance in the street and on the walls of nearby buildings. The police officers were killed when their helicopter crashed shortly after surveilling downtown Charlottesville. 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. Numerous street closures and parking restrictionswill also take effect.

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Trump's daughter Ivanka, a White House aide, was more explicit in her condemnation of the "ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence" a year ago at Charlottesville. The Unite the Right event comes on the anniversary of last year's deadly Charlottesville demonstration. Controversy also surrounded the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

White supremacists who marched and attacked counter-protesters in Charlottesville previous year continue to be publicly identified.

Black Lives Matter DC is hosting the "Rise Up Fight Back Counter-Protest" between 2 and 7 p.m., just a block away from where "Unite the Right 2" is set to take place.

As reported past year, following Heyer's death, "about 1,000 people attended a memorial service for Heyer in Charlottesville".

Road closures in and out of the UVA Medical Center were put in place as protesters gathered in the Virginia city.

A police officer stands in Lafayette Square ahead of a planned white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., on August 12, 2018.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division". But the day was largely free of confrontation.

In an interview with The Atlantic, Bro discussed in-depth the year since Heather was killed.

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