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WASHINGTON (AP) — White nationalists who marched on Washington and rallied at a park near the White House left the area in white vans under a police escort.

The demonstration led by the principal organizer of last year’s “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville, Virginia, Jason Kessler, ended earlier than expected. Those marching with Kessler numbered only about 30, far fewer than the 100 to 400 he predicted in a permit for the demonstration.

white nationalists White Nationalists, Counterprotesters March Near White House On Anniversary Of Deadly Charlottesville Rally

Police escort far-right demonstrators during a rally at Lafayette Park opposite the White House August 12, 2018 in Washington, DC, one year after the deadly violence at a similar protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of counterdemonstrators showed up to jeer and shout insults at the white nationalists as they made their way through Washington streets. Police kept the two sides separated during the march and the rally.

Makia Green, who represents the Washington branch of Black Lives Matter, told Sunday’s crowd that: “We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn’t work.”

white nationalist counterprotesters White Nationalists, Counterprotesters March Near White House On Anniversary Of Deadly Charlottesville Rally

Protestors march against the far-right’s Unite the Right rally August 12, 2018 in Washington, DC on the one-year anniversary of deadly violence at a similar protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)

The demonstration and counterdemonstration come on the anniversary of last year’s deadly gathering of neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members, and others in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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