This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which turned violent as protesters and counter-protesters clashed. Counter-protester Heather Heyer was tragically killed after a member of the far-right white nationalist groups crashed his car into a crowd of people.
This year, after their permit was denied in Charlottesville, the white supremacists decided to head to the nation’s capital to hold a “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, D.C. right outside of the White House.
President Donald Trump sent out a message prior to the rally on Saturday morning, condemning all racism and violence.
“Riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,” he wrote on Twitter. “We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”
There has been a lackluster turnout so far for the “Unite the Right 2” rally, but counter-protesters are out in larger numbers condemning racism and white supremacy. An anti-racism group, the Answer Coalition, obtained a permit in Lafayette Square to counter-protest the Unite the Right 2 rally, while Black Lives Matter and two other groups have permits near the Lincoln Memorial.
Crowds have been shouting at the white supremacists with chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Throughout the evening, there will be live streams available to document the rallies so everyone can keep an eye out on how the situation plays out. Hopefully, we will be able to avoid another violent breakout.
Live streams of the rallies can be seen below.