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‘Unite the Right’ Fizzles Amid a Boisterous Counterprotest

Only two dozen white supremacists turned up for a much-anticipated rally in Washington, D.C., where thousands of angry demonstrators shouted them down.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in the brutal murder of a 32-year-old counterprotester, Heather Heyer. This year’s event ended with a tiny turnout, two and a half hours ahead of schedule.

The city had been preparing for the rally’s sequel for weeks, and the anticipation was palpable. Several downtown streets were cordoned off early Sunday morning, and police—hundreds of them—were everywhere, on horseback, on bikes, on motorcycles, in vans. There was talk of a confrontation with Antifa, the militant leftist group that has become a regular

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