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White nationalists and counterprotesters march in Washington, D.C.

A couple hug as they participate in prayers at the intersection where Heather Heyer was killed last year as they mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. On that day, white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the city streets before a car driven into a crowd struck and killed Heyer.  [Steve Helber | AP]
A couple hug as they participate in prayers at the intersection where Heather Heyer was killed last year as they mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. On that day, white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the city streets before a car driven into a crowd struck and killed Heyer. [Steve Helber | AP]
Published Aug. 12, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A contingent of about 30 white nationalists marched down a Washington street toward the White House Sunday, surrounded by a protective bubble of police officers and vehicles.

Hundreds of counterprotesters walked alongside the group but kept on the sidewalks, many of them shouting and taunting the nationalists as they make their way to a park in front of the White House.

The demonstration and counterdemonstration come on the anniversary of last year's deadly gathering of neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members, and others in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Sunday's gathering is being led by the principal organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" event, Jason Kessler, who calls the demonstration a rally for white civil rights.

At around 2:30 p.m., more than 1,000 protesters had gathered in Freedom Plaza near the White House to rally against a white nationalist demonstration scheduled for later in the day.

The demonstration is being held on the first anniversary of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent and led to the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Makia Green, who represents the Washington branch of Black Lives Matter, told Sunday's crowd that: "We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn't work."

The counterprotesters planned to march to Lafayette Square in front of the White House, just before the arrival of the white nationalists. Police erected a maze of barricades to keep the two sides apart.

"Unite! Unite! Unite and fight the right!" #ShutItDownDC #UniteTheRight2 pic.twitter.com/wEV94b1dzA

Counter protestors chant shame as Unite the Right protestors appear to arrive at Lafayette Park pic.twitter.com/Dk63ZUwXQ5

Unite the Right has arrived in Lafayette Park. Check out their minuscule numbers compared to the anti-racist protestors. pic.twitter.com/emhNnsgzv3

There's also an anime convention in DC this weekend, so the Unite the Right counter protest has a few anime fans in the mix. Anime fan Rena Finkel, dressed as an "elegant goth Lolita," is skipping the last day of the convention to protest. pic.twitter.com/dmWBmcM8C7

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People near Lafayette Square in Washington burn a double-sided Nazi-Confederate flag as "Unite the Right" demonstrators move closer to the White House for their rally pic.twitter.com/LN3ZrPGJFX

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