Demonstrators march near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Demonstrators march near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed during last year's Unite the Right rally, embraces supporters after laying flowers at the spot her daughter was killed in Charlottesville,. Picture: Steve Helber/AP
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed during last year's Unite the Right rally, embraces supporters after laying flowers at the spot her daughter was killed in Charlottesville,. Picture: Steve Helber/AP
Jason Kessler, centre, marches with other white nationalists to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
Jason Kessler, centre, marches with other white nationalists to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
Demonstrators rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Demonstrators rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
White nationalists march to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
White nationalists march to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
A white nationalist holds his phone while marching to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
A white nationalist holds his phone while marching to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
White nationalist Jason Kessler talks during a rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Alex Brandon/AP
White nationalist Jason Kessler talks during a rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Alex Brandon/AP
Demonstrators rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Demonstrators rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
A White nationalist is shown during a rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A White nationalist is shown during a rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
White nationalists hold flags in front of the White House during a rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
White nationalists hold flags in front of the White House during a rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Journalists photograph a type of smoke grenade placed by Antifa-activists in the middle of 17th street during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
Journalists photograph a type of smoke grenade placed by Antifa-activists in the middle of 17th street during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
A man dances at the front of a counter-protest march on Pennsylvania Avenue towards the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
A man dances at the front of a counter-protest march on Pennsylvania Avenue towards the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
Counter-protesters gather on 17th street outside of the White House security barrier on Pennsylvania Avenue during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
Counter-protesters gather on 17th street outside of the White House security barrier on Pennsylvania Avenue during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
Demonstrators rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Demonstrators rally near the White House on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in Washington. Picture: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Washington - Events to mark the anniversary of the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were largely peaceful, with police making just a handful of arrests.

In Washington, D.C., thousands of people wanting to send a message that racism isn't welcome gathered Sunday outside the White House to protest a planned white supremacist rally in a nearby park. In the end, less than two dozen white nationalists showed up.

In Charlottesville, the mother of the woman killed at last summer's rally visited the site of the attack, saying the country's racial wounds still have not healed.

White nationalists, led by Jason Kessler, centre, wearing a suit and carrying a flag, march to Lafayette Square during the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP


Metro Police and Secret Service personnel are forced back by counter-protesters outside of the Pennsylvania Avenue security barrier on 17th street while attempting to escort attendees of the "Unite the Right 2" rally from Lafayette Park in Washington. Picture: Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP

Law enforcement officials faced blistering criticism last year for what was perceived as a passive response to the violence that unfolded. The anniversary weekend was marked by a much heavier police presence.

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