Hundreds gather to oppose white nationalist protest set to go ahead in Washington DC

Hundreds of activists are already out in force to protest racism and oppose a white nationalist demonstration set to take place in Washington DC later today.
The "Unite the Right 2" event is set to take place at 5.30pm (9.30pm GMT) in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. 
Several demonstrations by counterprotesters, who are expected to outnumber the white nationalists, were due to be held nearby. 
The white nationalists are gathering on the anniversary of their "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, that turned violent and led to the death of a counterprotester.
More than 1,000 protesters have descended on Freedom Plaza near the White House to oppose the demonstration.
Hundreds have gathered to protest a rally in Washington DC on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville protest (EPA)
Authorities have promised an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out last year in downtown Charlottesville. 
A local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an Ohio man, James Fields, drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.
At the time, US President Donald Trump said there were "very fine people" on both sides, spurring criticism from across the political divide that he was equating the counterprotesters with the rally attendees, who included neo-Nazis and other white supremacists.
On Saturday, Mr Trump condemned "all types of racism" in a Twitter post marking the anniversary.
March: White nationalists clash with a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville last year (REUTERS)
Uniformed police officers and a line of police barricades have cut the park in half, restricting the counterprotesters to the northern half, furthest away from the White House. 
Makia Green, who represents the Washington branch of Black Lives Matter, told Sunday's crowd at Freedom Plaza: "We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn't work." 
The counterprotesters plan to march to Lafayette Square in front of the White House, just before the arrival of the white nationalists. 
Police have erected a maze of barricades to keep the two sides apart. 
Susan Bro, mother of HeatherHeyer, arrives in Charlottesville at the spot where her daughter was killed a year ago (AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile more than 100 people gathered at a Charlottesville city park on Sunday to mark the one year anniversary. 
The demonstrators gathered in Washington Park before marching downtown to the site of Ms Heyer's death, some arm in arm. 
Chants including "cops and Klan go hand in hand" were heard from the group.
The organiser of last year's "Unite the Right" event will hold the "white civil rights rally" in Washington on Sunday. 
His Washington permit application says he expects 100 to 400 people Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park, near the White House. Jason Kessler abandoned plans for a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville.  
But some leading figures in the white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or encouraged supporters to stay away. 
And the events likely will be dwarfed by counterprotests, for which permits also have been issued.