Washington 'Unite The Right' Rally Attracts 20


A year after Charlottesville, a Unite The Right' Rally on Sunday in Washington attracted ... 20 people.

They had expected 4000 (as stated on the official permit application) but were overwhelmed and outnumbered by reasonable people who will not tolerate White Supremacy.

Roughly "15 to 20" people took part, but were met by thousands of protesters, including many affiliated with the Antifa movement. The crowd included strong showings from Anti-Racist, Anti-Trump groups, and Black Lives Matter. The area permitted for counterprotests was far too small to fit all of those taking part. The Anti-Racist crowed spilled over into neighboring areas.

Counter Protest Organizer and Georgetown Professor Mark Lance said ...
We got our message out. All the communities were united in rejecting hate. We had thousands from every community in our wonderful city and a pathetic gaggle of Nazis hopped into police vans to run away.
The "Unite the Right 2" attendees were escorted away from the park by law enforcement around 5:30 p.m., two whole hours before the rally was scheduled to end. Even the organisers left early.

Trump was a consistent theme of the event, with most activists drawing a direct connection between the Trump administration and white supremacy.

Nora Leccesse, an activist with Showing Up for Racial Justice ...
I see Trump's rhetoric as clearly having given credence and a green light for white supremacists to gather in front of his house.
Organizers like Jason Kessler, some of these far-right, alt-right white supremacist organizations are the inevitable and most clear articulation of Trump's ideology that’s been allowed to flourish.
One by one, the far-right attendees spoke to a dwindling crowd that mainly consisted of members of the press. One man spoke about "freedom of speech." Another spoke about "white civil rights." Several of them wore black helmets that read "reclaim your nation."

Activist Tim Berdibekov ...
I hope to achieve that [neo-Nazis] don't feel welcome here or anywhere else that they go in communities. They've always been around, organizing on the internet, before that through their networks. They should go back to that and not on the streets.

Rev. Janelle Bruce of "Church Without Walls" ...
I hope to let white supremacists know that they are not welcome here. They're not going to spread the message of hate here in our cities, in our nation. People will not join in. So I hope to just spread the message of love and that we won't be silent.