<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.08/article/5b7077b5dda4c8d6408b4596.jpg"> <figcaption>People gather at Freedom Plaza to protest the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in downtown Washington, US, August 12, 2018 / <span class="copyright">Reuters</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>Heavy police presence is seen in the center of the US capital as crowds of anti-nationalists protesters have gathered to protest Unite the Right Rally one year after Charlottesville clashes.</strong> Some 300 people have gathered in Lafayette Park in Washington DC to oppose a white nationalist rally that is scheduled in the US capital on Sunday afternoon. Many demonstrators were seen carrying signs stating <em>“shut down white supremacy.” “We will be here until these fascist forces are gone, however long that takes,”</em> a protester told AP.
Unite The Right demonstrators have been seen gathering outside the US capital, and will be delivered to the protest site in buses.
The white supremacists rally organizer Jason Kessler earlier said that he expects 100 to 400 people to participate in his event in front of the White House.
<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.08/original/5b70785afc7e932e6c8b457e.jpg"> <figcaption>Demonstrators opposed to a far-right rally gather at Lafayette Park opposite the White House / <span class="copyright">AFP</span></figcaption> </figure>
Meanwhile, more than 100 people have gathered in downtown Charlottesville demonstrating against racism. The rally marked the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally which resulted in heavy clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters. The group was chanting, addressing police officers who were accompanying them: “Will you protect us?”
The event in Charlottesville was attended by Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a Unite The Right demonstrator plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. “We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this or we’ll be right back here in no time,” she said.
Charlottesville rejected Unite the Right’s request to stage the repeat rally, so the march has been relocated to Washington DC, where police have promised a heavy presence that will separate the demonstrators from the likely much-larger counter-protester gathering.