Flares set off at 'Unite the Right' rally

Flares set off at 'Unite the Right' rally
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People taking part in the counterprotests at the "Unite the Right" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sunday apparently set off flares in the middle of a crowd.

Members of law enforcement confirmed to The Hill's Aris Folley that they were flares. She captured the moment several of them went off.

According to a Mother Jones reporter, some counterprotest participants were setting off firecrackers and throwing things at police. Other counterprotesters reportedly rebuked them.


The counterprotests were organized in response to a rally by members of the white nationalist group Unite the Right.

The far-right rally was scheduled on the one-year anniversary of demonstrations that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., last year.