Counterprotesters overwhelm alt-right organizers a year after Charlottesville
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer than 25 white nationalists who arrived Sunday afternoon to march, speak and stage their “Unite The Right 2” rally at Lafayette Square found themselves overwhelmed by thousands of counterprotesters from groups like Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement, and finally left before the rally was scheduled to begin.
“I hope this shows the white nationalists that we are willing to fight back,” said Prince George’s County resident Larry Hutchison, 31, who was one of a number of participants with handmade signs. “We are not just going to remain silent.”
Christopher Young, 44, said his outfit was the perfect attire to wear for the “Unite The Right 2” rally’s counterprotest. Young, who was born and raised in the District, decided to wear a Colin Kaepernick football jersey because “this is what he stands for” he said.
“Solidarity and numbers brings me out here today,” said Young, “because honestly, I wasn’t going to come. But I thought about for a while and I think the more people that are out here, the more it shows D.C. doesn’t want to have that here in the city.”