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Anti-white supremacist protesters crowd downtown Washington

IANS  |  Washington 

Thousands of anti-protesters gathered in several locations in on Sunday, hours before a controversial right supremacist rally is scheduled.

The protesters gathered in Lafayette park, just across the street from the White House, and the freedom plaza, just blocks away.

The protesters gathered in the country's capital to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly protest, during which a white supremacist killed a female anti protester, sparking nationwide furore, reported.

To prevent potential conflict, came onto the street in force to maintain order. An entire section of adjacent to the has been sealed off.

Organizers of the the far right rally, officially named United the Right 2, claim their purpose was to advocate "White civil rights", but were slammed as promoting racism and xenophobia. The far right rally is set to begin in Lafayette park at 5:30 p.m.

Anti-protesters held up signs denouncing racism, fascism and calling for pluralism, and at broke out in chants and sing alongs.

Debbie Wagner, an anti protester from neighbouring state of Maryland, said she was shocked by the tragedy at last year, and found many around her have become more politically vocal in the past year.

"White Supremacism is a terrible thing, I hope can continue to be a place of diversity," she said.

Last summer's "Unite the Right" rally in historic Charlottesville, held on August 12 to protest US cities taking down Confederate statues, attracted national attention when white supremacists, fascists and neo-Nazis violently clashed with counter-protesters.

A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 others were injured when an man associated with white nationalist groups allegedly drove a car into the crowd of counter-protesters.

US drew a firestorm of criticism last year following the deadly when he said "both sides" were to blame for the violence.



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First Published: Mon, August 13 2018. 03:10 IST