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White nationalists rally near White House

WASHINGTON — A group of about 30 white nationalists marched to a park near the White House Sunday for what they called a rally in favor of white civil rights.

Thousands of counterprotesters were in the area, too, and jeered and heckled the white nationalists as they made their way down the street surrounded by police.

White supremacists and counter-protesters march in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

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 was led by the principal organizer of last year’s “Unite the Right” event, Jason Kessler, who called the demonstration a rally for white civil rights.

“Unite the Right 2” leader Jason Kessler appears in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

More than 1,000 protesters gathered in Freedom Plaza near the White House earlier in the day to rally against the white nationalist demonstration scheduled for later.

White supremacists gather in Washington, D.C., ahead of a planned march on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

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.”

Police erected a maze of barricades to keep the two sides apart.

See below for more photos from Washington, D.C., today.

Counterprotesters gather at the White House to oppose the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

Counterprotesters gather at the White House to oppose the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

Counter-protesters appear outside the White House on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

A white supremacist marches in Washington, D.C., for the “Unite the Right 2” rally. Photo by Michael Rios

Counter-protesters surround a white supremacist in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

A police officer stands in Lafayette Square ahead of a planned white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

A counter-protester holds a sign ahead of a planned white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios

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