Freedom Plaza anti-Nazi protest
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2018, Thousands of counter-protesters took to the parks and streets of Washington, D.C. in response to a planned “Unite the Right 2” rally of white nationalists on the one year anniversary of deadly violence in Charlottesville, VA. The 2018 edition of the racially charged “right wing” event proved to be a failure for organizers as less than 20 individuals made an appearance in front of the White House rally site, and appeared to make a hasty departure despite police escort and protection. The energized counter-protesters, better organized and with an exponentially larger presence, at times vocalized anti-fascist and anti-racist sentiments, but was mostly contained by a large police presence. During the 1917 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, one counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed by a neo-nazi and two Virginia state troopers died in a helicopter accident.