WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Rival groups of white nationalists and anti-fascist protesters clashed in front of the White House on Sunday, shouting slogans at each other until they were escorted by the police.
The police on bicycles and on horseback managed to separate the groups, and there were no clashes before the incident was deactivated, said an AFP reporter at the scene.
About 25 white nationalists, including white supremacist Richard Spencer, gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue, carrying American flags, placards and singing "build the wall," according to a collective report.
They faced about 50 "antifa" protesters shouting: "Nazi scum, out of our streets!" and holding placards with slogans such as "Stop looking for racial scapegoats," the report adds.
About two dozen policemen moved and placed bicycle racks between the two groups, eventually escorting white nationalists out of the area.
Earlier in the day, Spencer had tweeted inviting his followers to meet and "demand Trump to build #KatesWall."
Kate Steinle was 32 years old and her fatal shot by an undocumented Mexican immigrant in 2015 became an anti-immigrant war cry, taken by US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.
A San jury Francisco this week acquitted José Inés García Zarate of murder, concluding that the shooting was accidental, a verdict that Trump denounced as "shameful".