Activists are marching over 100 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C. in a protest against white supremacy, according to our affiliate WJLA.
The Fauquier Times reported Sunday that roughly 100 people gathered at the U.S. 29 Eastern bypass offramp that morning as the march began its seventh day.
Participants in the “March to Confront White Supremacy” hoped to trek 12 miles into Gainesville Sunday as their demonstration continued.
Approximately 70 people entered Fauquier County early Saturday, according to The Times, with about 40 activists joining the march just outside of Remington.
WJLA reported that the march is a response to President Trump’s treatment of white nationalists involved in violence in Charlottesville last month.
The 10-day journey began one week ago in Charlottesville with the goal of reaching Washington by Wednesday and engaging in more protests there.
Puja Datta, one of the event’s participants, told WJLA last Saturday that the marchers hope to end white supremacy.
“We are doing this because we are really willing to say we’re done with this, the people have said enough is enough and we are ready to dismantle things,” Datta said.
WJLA reported that groups involved in organizing the march include the Women’s March on Washington, Color of Change and the Movement for Black Lives.
White nationalists descended upon Charlottesville last month to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee there.
The situation turned violent on Aug. 12 when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters opposing them, killing one person.
Two Virginia State police troopers also died the same day in a helicopter crash authorities linked to the unrest in Charlottesville.
Trump faced bipartisan criticism in August for initially blaming the turmoil in Charlottesville on “many sides.”
Critics argued that Trump did not offer a forceful enough condemnation of white nationalism after the bloodshed there.