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Antifa violence caps otherwise peaceful Unite the Right 2 DC rally

Defiant counterprotesters raise clenched fists towards the police after an altercation turned violent between Antifa and police shortly after the Unite the Right 2 rally Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington DC: On Sunday, August 12th- one year after a Charlottesville, Virginia demonstration turned violent, leaving one woman dead – a Unite the Right 2 Rally was held in Washington, DC. The rally, and a counter-protest, were held at Lafayette Square – just steps away from the White House. The Unite the Right 2 kicked off as scheduled at 5 PM. Unite the Right was ushered out by park police well before the permit expiration time.

Some observations about Sunday’s events:

– US Park police and Secret Service divided Lafayette Square into about 6 quadrants, with two of those quadrants in a cross pattern. A “no man’s land”, for police only, separated the opposing factions. Park Police on both horseback and foot dominated this open area.

– One Quadrant, nearest the White House, was for Unite the Right 2. Another was for media, and the largest section was set-aside for counter-protesters. Media was in a security zone and were screened before being allowed to go into the Unite the Right 2 zone. There were approximately 19 Unite the Right 2 people and 50-75 journalists in the same space.

– Park police allowed counter-protesters to burn a two-sided confederate/swastika flag in their zone.

– Unite the Right spoke to media from a stage.

– Protests and marches in the street were mostly peaceful, with the exception of Antifa, who had a violent clash with police on G street. Antifa threw rocks and other objects, ripped up trash cans, stood on cars, and launched flares. Police deployed pepper spray, and the violence was quickly quelled.

Washington, DC Aug. 12, 2018:

A young protester at Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Looking out across “No Man’s Land” from the “Unite the Right 2” quadrant, a protester records the scene at Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

"Unite the Right 2" made up less than a few dozen people in their ultra secure zone on Lafayette Square. Journalists and Photographers vastly outnumbered the "Unite the Right 2" protesters. Just across the square hundreds if not a thousand people gathered in counter protest. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

A speaker with “Unite the Right 2” addresses the media from the stage. “Unite the Right 2” made up less than a few dozen people in their ultra secure zone on Lafayette Square. Journalists and Photographers vastly outnumbered the “Unite the Right 2” protesters. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington DC, Aug. 12, 2018: A helmet-clad protester from "Unite the Right 2", quadrant at Lafayette Square just steps from the White House. There were less than two dozens "Unite the Right 2" protesters. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

A helmet-clad protester, presumably from “Unite the Right 2”, just steps from the White House at Lafayette Square. There were less than two dozens “Unite the Right 2” protesters at the Washington DC rally. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Pierre Branson calls himself an "Indigenous Aboriginal" during a march at New York Ave NW and 15th St. NW (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Pierre Branson calls himself an “Indigenous Aboriginal” during a march at New York Ave NW and 15th St. NW (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington, DC. Aug. 12, 2018: Protesters from "Unite the Right 2", rally on Lafayette Square just steps from the White House. There were less than two dozens "Unite the Right 2" protesters (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Protesters in the “Unite the Right 2” quadrant rally on Lafayette Square just steps from the White House. There were less than two dozens “Unite the Right 2” protesters (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington DC, Aug. 12, 2018:

A counter-protester “strings up” an American flag during the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Counter protesters march moments after the lackluster Aug. 12, 2018 "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Counter-protesters march through the streets of Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Counter protesters march moments after the lackluster Aug 12, 2018 "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

“End Racism” was the cry after the conclusion of the  “Unite the Right 2” rally. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

A flag with a confederate battle flag on one side and a swastika on the other is burned by anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

A flag with a confederate battle flag on one side and a swastika on the other is burned by anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington, DC. Aug 12, 2018: "Unite the Right 2" made up less than a few dozen people in their ultra secure zone on Lafayette Square. Journalists and Photographers vastly outnumbered the protesters in this areas. Just across the square perhaps a thousand people gathered in counter protest. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

“Unite the Right 2” counter-protesters leaning against the barricades in a designated zone on Lafayette Square. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Police in a gator respond to a call in front of the White House. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington, DC Aug 12, 2018: Anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters are seen marching with shields just moments before a violent clash with police on G St NW. in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Antifa protesters are seen marching with shields just moments before a violent clash with police on G St NW. in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington DC, Aug. 12, 2012: Anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters ignite a flag at 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters ignite a flag at 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington, DC. Aug. 12, 2018: Anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters are seen confronting Washington DC police office moments before a violent clash with police erupted on G St NW. Protesters threw rocks and other objects, launched flares, stood on cars and pulled up trash cans. Police deployed pepper spray. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters are seen confronting Washington DC police office moments before a violent clash with police erupted on G St NW. Protesters threw rocks and other objects, launched flares, stood on cars and pulled up trash cans. Police deployed pepper spray. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Police form a line to contain anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters. Anti Unite the Right 2 protesters are seen in a violent clash with police on G St NW. Protesters threw objects, launched flares, stood on cars and pulled up trash cans. Police deployed pepper spray. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Police form a line to confront anti-Unite the Right 2 protesters. The counter-protesters threw objects, launched flares, stood on cars and pulled up trash cans. Police deployed pepper spray. (Mike Jordan/Photo)

Washington DC, Aug. 12, 2018: After refusing to stand back, an anti-Unite the Right 2 protester gets pepper sprayed during a violent clash with police on G St NW. Protesters threw objects, launched flares, stood on cars and pulled up trash cans. Police deployed pepper spray. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

After refusing to stand back, an anti-Unite the Right 2 protester gets pepper sprayed during a violent clash with police on G St NW. Protesters threw objects, launched flares, stood on cars and pulled up trash cans. Police deployed pepper spray. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington, DC. Aug. 12, 2018: An anti-Unite the Right 2 protester gets pepper sprayed during a violent clash with police on G St NW. Protesters threw objects, launched flares, stood on cars and pulled up trash cans. Police deployed pepper spray. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

An anti-Unite the Right 2 protester stands his ground after getting pepper sprayed during a violent clash with police on G St NW in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/Photo)

Protesters raise clenched fists toward the police after an altercation turned violent between protesters and police moments earlier in the 1300 block of G St. in Washington, DC. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Washington, DC. Aug. 12, 2018: Kayla Williams, an anti-Unite the Right 2 protester, celebrates on H St. NW. (Mike Jordan/BPE)

Kayla Williams, an anti-Unite the Right protester, celebrates on H St. NW. (Mike Jordan/BPE)


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