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14 Pictures Of Anti-Fascist Protesters In Charlottesville Ahead Of Sunday's "Unite The Right" Rally

More than 200 protesters and activists gathered Saturday.

Last updated on August 12, 2018, at 10:02 a.m. ET

Posted on August 12, 2018, at 5:17 a.m. ET

One year after the violent white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens injured, student activists get ready to address the crowd during a rally at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.
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One year after the violent white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens injured, student activists get ready to address the crowd during a rally at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

Hundreds of so-called anti-fascist protesters gathered in Charlottesville Saturday ahead of a planned white nationalist march in Washington, DC, — exactly 12 months after the first "Unite the Right" march, during which one person died and several were injured.

Reports estimate that more than 200 protesters met at the University of Virginia campus. Last year's "Unite the Right" rally saw ugly scenes of confrontation and violence, which resulted in the death of 32-year-old Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer.

Around 700 state troopers, some in riot gear, have been drafted in to police the weekend's events, CBS reported, leading some to accuse law enforcement of a heavy-handed approach to the anti-fascist protest.

Protesters chanted: "Why are you in riot gear? We don't see no riot here." A banner read: "Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges."

A state of emergency has been declared in the city, and access to traffic has been heavily restricted.

Rather than Charlottesville, white nationalists have instead obtained permits to march in the nation's capital outside the White House. They will be met by counterprotesters there, too, as well as a heavy police presence.

An activist confronts Virginia state troopers in riot gear.
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An activist confronts Virginia state troopers in riot gear.

Demonstrators march down Rugby Avenue near the University of Virginia campus.
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Demonstrators march down Rugby Avenue near the University of Virginia campus.

Activists rally at the University of Virginia's Lambeth Field.
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Activists rally at the University of Virginia's Lambeth Field.

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Virginia State Police officers stand guard in riot gear on the University of Virginia campus.
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Virginia State Police officers stand guard in riot gear on the University of Virginia campus.

Protesters link arms at an event organized by the group Students Act Against White Supremacy on the University of Virginia campus.
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Protesters link arms at an event organized by the group Students Act Against White Supremacy on the University of Virginia campus.

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Anti-fascist protesters mourn at the site of a makeshift memorial where Heather Heyer was killed, on Aug. 11, 2018, in Charlottesville.
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Anti-fascist protesters mourn at the site of a makeshift memorial where Heather Heyer was killed, on Aug. 11, 2018, in Charlottesville.

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State Police arrest local resident John Miska in the locked-down downtown area in Charlottesville, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Miska purchased razor blades, which are banned items, in a downtown drugstore.
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State Police arrest local resident John Miska in the locked-down downtown area in Charlottesville, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Miska purchased razor blades, which are banned items, in a downtown drugstore.

Anti-fascism demonstrators march past lunchtime diners in the downtown Charlottesville area.
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Anti-fascism demonstrators march past lunchtime diners in the downtown Charlottesville area.


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