Thousands of people from Los Angeles to New York City poured into the streets on Sunday in a powerful demonstration of solidarity with Charlottesville and Heather Heyer, the woman who was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist that rammed his car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally on Saturday.
In Los Angeles, hundreds of people joined a Refuse Fascism march. Demonstrators gathered outside of the LAPD’s headquarters before taking to the streets, according to The Los Angeles Times. A few dozen other demonstrators surrounded the Los Angeles City Hall.
Some scenes from Los Angeles:
Seattle’s solidarity march doubled as a counter protest to a white nationalist rally that was organized before Charlottesville’s rally took place. Patriot Prayer, the group who organized Sunday’s rally, were far outnumbered by counter protesters who organized the Solidarity Against Hate March. A barricade separated a few hundred white extremists (who claim to be against racism and simply Pro Trump) from a crowd quadruple the size, according to a Seattle Times journalist.
The counter protests were met by a heavily armed Seattle police force that intervened with pepper spray and flash bangs. As of publication, the rally continued as counter protesters encircled a mob of extremists.
Some scenes from social media of Seattle’s solidarity march and counter protest:
Charlottesville, VA, protesters disrupted Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler’s attempted press conference with shouts of “shame” and “say her name.” Kessler, apparently alone as he tried to defend Neo nazis who attended Saturday’s rally, was forced to flee before delivering his prepared comments. Cowering, Kessler cravenly scampered away with the help of police as protesters reminded him of the blood on his hands.
In the nation’s capital, hundreds of people demonstrated their support for Heyer, Black Lives Matter, and Charlottesville’s victims.
Some scenes from DC:
In New York City, hundreds of people marched form Columbus Square to Trump Tower, shutting down 6th Avenue on their path. Chants of “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA” rung loud and clear as marchers approached Trump Tower.
President Trump, whose refusal to label Saturday’s terrorist attack as such was met with praise from white nationalists, returned to Trump Tower on Sunday where he will remain three days.