A Relatively Peaceful End As White Nationalists and Counter Protesters Converge On DC

Updated 6:42PM

Washington, D.C. – Metropolitan Police and other police agencies were able to achieve their mission of preventing a volatile situation today as about a dozen white supremacists made their way to Lafayette Park, just across from the White House.  This as thousands of counter protesters were waiting to shout them down.  Police in riot gear ushered the white nationalists to their Unite the Right 2 rally at Lafayette Square after they descended from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.  There were thousands of counter demonstrators who lined the streets of downtown D.C., many carrying signs with messages ranging from “Go Home Nazis” to “Black Lives Matter.”

 

While there was lots of shouting, things remained relatively peaceful and there were no real initial reports of any incidents, beyond a few bottles being tossed.  Police say there were no arrests connected to the rally and no one was hurt.  The white nationalists were few in numbers compared to the 400 that had been initially expected.

It is not clear if today’s rain had anything to do with why the rally was so short lived and sparsely attended by the white nationalists.  But the rally was successful for police who vowed to keep things peaceful by ensuring the two sides stayed far apart.  The goal was to prevent the deadly violence of last year in Charlottesville   where counter protester Heather Heyer was killed when a white nationalist mowed down the crowd in a vehicle.

Today’s rally organizer Jason Kessler made a brief speech. But it was mainly drowned out by the cries and chants of the throngs of counter demonstrators.

The white nationalist came and left pretty much the same way under heavy police escort.  They boarded vans and were shouted down and they were whisked away in the rain.  While that part of the rally was over, counter demonstrators lingered on with some in black masks, helmets and body armor.  These counter protester belong to the so-called Antifa movement, which clashed violently with white supremacists in Charlottesville.  A heavy presence of police kept that from happening today in Lafayette Park.

Renee Nash


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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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