Members of the alt-right will march in Unite the Right 2 from Foggy Bottom to Lafayette Square.
On August 12, white supremacists and members of the alt-right are planning a Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington, DC, one year after the Charlottesville, Virginia, event that devolved into chaos and violence, leaving one young woman dead and injuring nine others.
It’s not yet clear how many people will attend the second version of the rally, which will take place outside the White House at Lafayette Square. Organizer Jason Kessler’s application for a permit through the National Parks Service quoted around 400 attendees.
Meanwhile, the coalition DC Against Hate has said they expect at least 1,000 counterprotesters to take a stand against this weekend’s demonstration.
As Vox’s Jane Coaston notes, the rally comes after a flurry of setbacks for the alt-right and many of its most prominent members. “The movement has largely been broken — by the law, by widespread disapproval, and mostly by their own actions,” Coaston explains. “Unite the Right 2 could represent its last stand.”
Author: Julie Bogen