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White nationalist Unite the Right 2 rally energizes, unites their much larger opposition

White supremacist Unite the Right 2 rally energizes, unites their much larger opposition

Organizers of Sunday’s white nationalist rally across the street from the White House are calling their event Unite the Right 2.

But they appear to be uniting far greater numbers of people who oppose them.

A group of about 400 are expected to attend the rally on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville rally.

Several counter protests are expected to draw thousands in opposition.

Some counter rallies will be going on a distance from the white nationalist rally, but a few will bring counter protesters into the same area at Lafayette Square.

DC Police are promising tight security with plans to keep the groups separated.

When Jason Kessler, the organizer of the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017, was denied a permit for a one-year anniversary rally in Charlottesville, he zeroed in on a bigger target, the nation’s capital.

Kessler’s group will meet in Virginia at the Vienna Metro station and travel to the Foggy Bottom station in Washington. From there they plan to march at 5 p.m. to Lafayette Square across from the White House. The rally will include speakers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Kessler said via email, that eight people will speak including former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. But at least two of the so-called “confirmed” speakers told the Richmond Times-Dispatch they aren’t going.

White nationalist leader Richard Spencer says he won’t be there and has encouraged others to stay away.

Here are some of the rallies and gatherings that will protest against the Unite the Right 2 rally on Sunday:

Hate Not Welcome: No Unite The Right 2

Organized by Shut It Down D.C.

Rise Up Fight Back Counter-Protest

Organized by Black Lives Matter D.C.

United to Love: Stand Together Against All Forms of Hate

Organized by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church and numerous allied organizations, this rally will take place on the National Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets NW from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rally and March Against the Fascists

The D.C. International Socialist Organization, in alliance with the Shut It Down coalition.

Unity Against Hate - Rally in D.C. - #AgapeMarch

The Agape March began on August 3 in New York City. Marchers will arrive in D.C. on August 12 and rally at the MLK monument from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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