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Counter-protesters outnumber white nationalists' Unite the Right rally by the thousands

Counter-protesters outnumber white nationalists' Unite the Right rally by the thousands

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by Kendra Mann/ABC7

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Thousands of counter-protesters filled D.C.'s streets Sunday, outnumbering the white nationalists "Unite the Right 2" by the thousands.

A group of only about 30 white nationalists arrived at Lafayette Square, led by organizer Jason Kessler, despite a permit that was submitted for 400. Then they began their rally way before their scheduled 5:30 p.m. start time and ended before 6 p.m. when it started to rain.

Thousands of counter-protesters jeered and heckled them as they made their way down the streets surrounded by police before arriving at Lafayette Square.

The first Unite the Right rally took place in Charlottesville the year before and turned deadly when authorities say James Alex Fields Jr. drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The Associated Press attributed to this story.

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