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Peaceful protesters march through Charlottesville one year after 'Unite the Right'

Peaceful protesters march through Charlottesville one year after 'Unite the Right'


by Rachel Langlitz

CHARLOTTSEVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Sunday marks one year since the Unite the Right rally tore through Charlottesville.

On that day, hundreds of white nationalist protesters as well as counter-protesters clashed in the streets of a normally peaceful town.

One rally goer drove his car into a crowd, which killed Heather Heyer.

Two Virginia State troopers were also killed when their helicopter crashed in Albermarle County.

On Sunday, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Charlottesville to protest the events that happened last year.

Demonstrators marched in the streets towards the memorial for Heather Heyer on the Downtown Mall.

Along the way they said chants such as, "Every nation, every gender, throw a Nazi in a blender."

While at Heyer's memorial, demonstrators joined hands to pray for guidance through the weekend, and the safety of everyone involved in the protests.

As of Sunday afternoon, police in riot gear lined up to barricade the Water Street area of downtown.

But, protests have remained peaceful and no violence has broken out.

Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., white nationalist, Jason Kessler, has organized another Unite the Right rally.

As of 3:00 p.m. Sunday, he and his supporters were marching towards the White House to hold their rally.

It has been estimated that there will most likely me more counter-protesters than Unite the Right protesters in D.C. this weekend.

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