Marchers in DC vow to resist hate, bigotry and inequality

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, a group gathered in front of the White House to denounce hate and bigotry. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, a group gathered in front of the White House to denounce hate and bigotry. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
A speaker told the crowd "We are going to be united. Black, white, Asian. We are going to stand up for what is right." (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
A speaker told the crowd “We are going to be united. Black, white, Asian. We are going to stand up for what is right.” (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
The vigil turned into a march, at least several blocks long, past the White House down Pennsyvlania Avenue to a statue of Albert Pike. Pike fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and is the only Confederate officer with an outdoor statue in D.C. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
The vigil turned into a march, at least several blocks long, past the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue to a statue of Albert Pike. Pike fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and is the only Confederate officer with an outdoor statue in D.C. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters stopped in front of the Trump Hotel with shouts of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters stopped in front of the Trump Hotel with shouts of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters in front of the Trump Hotel during their march against hatred and bigotry in D.C. on August 13. Many people claim that Trump's condemnations of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia did not do enough to condemn white supremacists. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters in front of the Trump Hotel during their march against hatred and bigotry in D.C. on August 13. Many people claim that Trump’s condemnations of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia did not do enough to condemn white supremacists. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters in front of the statue of Albert Pike in D.C. lit candles for those hurt and killed during the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters in front of the statue of Albert Pike in D.C. lit candles for those hurt and killed during the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
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In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, a group gathered in front of the White House to denounce hate and bigotry. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
A speaker told the crowd "We are going to be united. Black, white, Asian. We are going to stand up for what is right." (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
The vigil turned into a march, at least several blocks long, past the White House down Pennsyvlania Avenue to a statue of Albert Pike. Pike fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and is the only Confederate officer with an outdoor statue in D.C. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters stopped in front of the Trump Hotel with shouts of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters in front of the Trump Hotel during their march against hatred and bigotry in D.C. on August 13. Many people claim that Trump's condemnations of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia did not do enough to condemn white supremacists. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Protesters in front of the statue of Albert Pike in D.C. lit candles for those hurt and killed during the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)

WASHINGTON — A swell of marchers took to the streets in downtown D.C. to show solidarity with victims of this past weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Marchers also vowed to resist hate, bigotry and inequality.

Hundreds of protests were staged across the country from Seattle to New York after demonstrations turned violent in Charlottesville.

In the District, the protest started as a rally in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. It then morphed into a march down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the statue of a Confederate general.

On the way to the statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate general, demonstrators stopped in front of the Trump International Hotel shouting “shame, shame, shame” to protest what some say was Trump’s lack of a firm or specific enough response to Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville.

After a few minutes the crowd continued to the Pike statue where marchers turned into candle bearers who paused to remember other resisters in Charlottesville.

A couple from Las Vegas told WTOP they were in town for vacation, but saw the march and decided to join in.

“It’s for a good cause,” said Greg Gomez. “We all have to learn to live together. I don’t know why that’s so hard to figure out.”

His wife Lynn said what happened in Charlottesville is disgraceful.

“I don’t know what it’s going to take to change some people’s point of view,” she said.

She said their impromptu decision to join the march was the best part of their trip.


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