A judge banned Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio from DC ahead of this week’s pro-Trump rally. Tarrio is charged with burning a Black Lives Matter flag.

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Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, stands outside Harry’s bar during a protest on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio was banned from DC ahead of this week’s “wild” pro-Trump rally.
  • A superior court judge included a stay away order as a condition of release for Tarrio’s recent arrest on charges that he burned a Black Lives Matter flag.
  • The judge said it was the least-restrictive measure, as Tarrio had posted on Parler that he would burn another Black Lives Matter flag. 
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The Proud Boys chairman has been banned from Washington, DC, ahead of this week’s pro-Trump rally. 

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio was arrested Monday night on a destruction of property warrant stemming from a mid-December protest that involved the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to a historically Black church in the nation’s capital

When Tarrio was taken into custody, police found two high-powered magazines branded with the Proud Boys logo in his bag, according to DC Superior Court documents viewed by Insider.

The devices were unloaded, and Tarrio told law enforcement he intended to sell them to someone he was meeting in DC at the rally.

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Tarrio was carrying to high-capacity magazines at the time of his arrest, police say.

Tarrio pleaded not guilty to destruction of property and possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeding device charges Tuesday afternoon from his holding cell at the metro police station. 

Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond ordered Tarrio, who was held overnight, to be released on the condition that he stay out of the District of Columbia. 

Raymond said she was imposing the condition because Tarrio recently posted a meme on the encrypted chat platform Parler indicating he would burn another Black Lives Matter flag. 

The Proud Boys leader also posted about burning the church’s banner on social media.

The flag burning took place during the Dec. 12 Trump rally, for which Tarrio previously told Insider he was overseeing security. 

Tarrio, who is Cuban-American, has maintained to Insider that Proud Boys – a recognized hate group linked to street fights and violence around the US – is not racist or white supremacists by nature, while recognizing that some members hold those beliefs. 

“Given there are a lot of Black Lives Matter placards, banners, and alike in the District of Columbia, this will be the least restrictive condition” of release, Judge Raymond said. 

At the time of his arrest, Tarrio was arriving ahead of a pro-Trump rally planned to take place in the city this week. The demonstration is intended to coincide with Congress formalizing the presidential election results on Wednesday. 

Donald Trump, who continues to fuel conspiracy theories that President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory was fraudulent, recently tweeted that the rally would be “wild.”

The National Guard has been activated to handle crowd control this week. 

Tarrio is scheduled to return to court on June 8. 

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Proud Boys leader arrested in Washington, DC, on charges of destruction of property

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Enrique Tarrio, a leader of the Proud Boys, attends a Proud Boys rally on September 26, 2020 in Delta Park, on the northern edge of Portland, Oregon.

  • Far-right group Proud Boys’ leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested Monday in Washington, DC, on charges of destruction of property.
  • The charges are connected to a mid-December protest that involved the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to a historically Black church in DC.
  • Tarrio posted about burning the banner on the right-wing social media app Parler, saying he was “not ashamed of what I did because I didn’t do it out of hate…I did it out of love.”
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The leader of the far-right group Proud Boys was arrested Monday in Washington, DC, on charges of destruction of property, a spokesman for the DC Metropolitan Police Department confirmed.

Enrique Tarrio, the Proud Boys chairman, was arrested after he arrived in DC in relation to the burning a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to a historic Black church during a protest in downtown Washington, DC, on December 12.

“At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of two high capacity firearm magazines,” according to the statement. “He was additionally charged with Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device.”

Police stopped a vehicle Tarrio was in as it entered the city from the airport, Dustin Sternbeck, a MPDC spokesman, told The Washington Post. The Proud Boys leader was charged with one misdemeanor count of destruction of property and two counts of possession of high capacity ammunition feeding devices, referring to magazines that allow firearms to hold additional bullets, according to The Post report.

Tarrio told The Post in a December interview that he burned the banner and would plead guilty to charges of destruction of property if the criminal charge was filed.

The Proud Boys leader also posted about burning the banner on social media.

Read more: Proud Boys chairman says he is ‘damn proud’ of burning the Black Lives Matter banner of a historic Black church after Trump march

“Against the wishes of my attorney I am here today to admit that I am the person responsible for the burning of this sign,” Tarrio wrote in a post on the social media app Parler, which is favored by the far-right. “And I am not ashamed of what I did because I didn’t do it out of hate…I did it out of love.”

“Come get me if you feel like what I did was wrong,” he continued.

Representatives from the DC Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment.

A number of historically Black churches were vandalized during the DC protests in mid-December. Black Lives Matter banners belonging to Asbury United Methodist Church and Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church were taken down amid the protests.

The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church filed a lawsuit against the Proud Boys saying they engaged “in acts of terror and vandalizing church property,” Insider’s Rachel Greenspan reported.

The Proud Boys leader arrived in Washington, DC, in anticipation of another round of demonstrations on January 6, to protest the certification of President-elect Joe Biden. Tarrio posted on far-right message boards, saying that members of the far-right extremist group would “turn out in record numbers” and would roam around the city “incognito.”

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Far-right group Proud Boys claim they will attend January 6 DC rally ‘incognito’ and wear all black to blend in with antifa protesters

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Members of the Proud Boys gather in support of President Donald Trump and in protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election near freedom plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • The Proud Boys, a far-right group, have said they will be attending the rally “incognito.”
  • They will forgo their traditional uniform of black and yellow and, instead, wear all-black.
  • Followers of antifa, an anti-fascist movement, typically appear in all-black clothing, have frequently clashed with the Proud Boys.
  • President Donald Trump has advertised a ‘stop the steal’ rally on January 6 to his followers.
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Members of the far-right group, the Proud Boys, will head to Washington, DC to rally for President Donald Trump on January 6 – the day on which Congress is scheduled to meet to finalize the 2020 presidential election results.

Leaders from the group have shared with their followers that they intend to attend the rally “incognito” and wearing “ALL black.”

The Proud Boys’ chairman, Enrique Tarrio, revealed on Parler that “the Proud Boys will turn out in record numbers on Jan 6th but, this time, with a twist.”

The twist, Tarrio said, is that they will forgo their traditional uniform for something inconspicuous.

He wrote: “We will not be wearing our traditional Black and Yellow.”

The group’s standard uniform is black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts, military armor, and MAGA hats.

Instead, the chairman explained: “We might dress in all BLACK for the occasion.”

Followers of antifa, an anti-fascist movement, typically wear all-black clothing.

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Antifa members gather behind protective shields during a Stop The Steal protest at the Georgia State Capitol on December 12th, 2020 in Atlanta, GA.

The Proud Boys intend to take further steps to blend in with other protesters.

Tarrio wrote: “We will be incognito and we will spread across downtown DC in smaller teams.”

Joe Biggs, an organizer for the group, confirmed the alleged plans on his Parler account.

In a video, he said: “We will not be attending DC in colors. We will be blending in as one of you. You won’t see us. You’ll even think we are you. “

He continued: “We are going to smell like you, move like you, and look like you. The only thing we’ll do that’s us is think like us! Jan 6th is gonna be epic.”

The Proud Boys and antifa have clashed on numerous occasions. Last month, four people were stabbed and another was shot after the two groups clashed.

In 2018, a video emerged of antifa protesters being beaten up by members of the Proud Boys in New York City

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Members of the Proud Boys and antifa stand off near Black Lives Matter Plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The Proud Boys gained mainstream attention after Trump name-called them at the first presidential debate

They made headlines again after Tarrio claimed responsibility for setting a Black Lives Matter banner on fire during a pro-Trump rally on December 12.

Their plans to gather in support of Trump on January 6 have worried some politicians.

The DC’s Attorney General Karl Racine told CBS News: “My level of anxiety is high. My preparation is even more intense than that.”

Racine said that he fears that the Proud Boys will “pick fights, create damage, damage property, and then act in a very threatening way.”

Trump has been accused of inciting right-wing groups to participate in violent protests on January 6.

A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Olivia Troye, has said that she fears that there could be violence at this rally because “the president himself is encouraging it.”

Last month, President Donald Trump promised his supporters that there would be a “wild” rally in Washington, DC.

On Friday, the president reminded his followers that there would be a “BIG Protest Rally” taking place in the capital from 11 a.m.

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Anti-lockdown protesters storm Oregon State Capitol building, clashing with police officers

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  • In Salem, Oregon, armed far-right protestors attempted to break into the Oregon State Capitol and clashed with police as legislators extended COVID-19 relief and restrictions.
  • Members of Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, two white supremacist groups, and other far-right groups were there, according to The Daily Beast.
  • Protestors jammed a flagpole through the entrance, fired bear spray at police, and assaulted photographers and reporters on site, according to reports. Protestors did not make it into the session.
  • Oregon state police have arrested four and are seeking one more individual in connection to the protests and violence. 
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During a special legislative session Monday at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, far-right protesters stormed the statehouse as lawmakers were inside.

Anti-lockdown protesters, some of whom were armed, called on lawmakers and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to reopen the state and end COVID-19 restrictions.

Lawmakers met early Monday morning to review five bills related to COVID-19 relief, including an extension of Oregon’s eviction moratorium and relief for victims of regional wildfires.

By 8:30 a.m., as protesters coalesced around the Capitol door, Oregon state police declared an unlawful assembly, according to authorities, according to authorities and local reports.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, among the dozens of protesters were members of Patriot Prayer, a far-right, violent group sympathetic to white supremacists, based in Vancouver, Washington. Local Proud Boy affiliates also attended and were heavily armed, according to The Daily Beast.

After local police declared an unlawful assembly, the group of protesters grew angrier and chanted “let us in” and “Arrest Kate Brown!” As protesters ignored the decree, they moved in on the capitol door and clashed with police, who were wearing gas masks, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

According to Oregon State Police, protesters sprayed police with bear spray and other “chemical agents.” Two hours after protesters broke into the Capitol, Police pushed them out and made more arrests, with the Oregon state police announcing four arrests made today.

“When people attempted to come in to the building they actually used pepper spray and other things on officers. In return we used those to separate ourselves and get them to hold that spot. So I don’t know what all was used but I know at least pepper ball was used,” Lt. Treven Upkes of Salem Police told the Statesman Journal.

In videos shot by local journalists, anti-lockdown protesters can be seen kicking and jamming a flagpole into the statehouse doors to break the glass before entering.

 

In other videos (and in response to being filmed), protesters are seen assaulting and intimidating members of the press covering the protests.

Sergio Olmos, a journalist with Oregon Public Broadcasting, filmed Brian Hayes of the Salem Statesman being physically assaulted and followed by anti-lockdown protesters as he photographs of the attempted break-in. 

 

Eventually, protesters opened a door on the west side of the building where a standoff began between protesters outside the building and state troopers inside the building. 

 

According to OPB, at least one state senator addressed the crowd in support. During the legislative session, Republican State Senator Dallas Heard reportedly rebuked the Capitol’s mask requirement. 

“If you had not done such great evil to my people and had simply asked me to ear my mask, I would have,” Heard said, ripping off his mask. “But you commanded it, and therefore I declare my right to protests against your false authority and remove my mask.”

Heard later accused state senators of engaging in a “campaign against the people and the children of God.” 

Heard also addressed protesters outside the Capitol.

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From the Proud Boys to QAnon: Pictures show the growth of far-right extremism in 2020

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A man hold his hand to his heart as a Proud Boys organizer recites the Pledge of Allegiance during a Proud Boys rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020.

  • The year 2020 has been defined by the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the US presidential election.
  • These massive news events also fuelled a growing far-right movement across the United States and the world.
  • From The Proud Boys to the Boogaloo movement, 20 photos show how far-right groups found the limelight this year.
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The far-right movement came out of the shadows in the last year.

The year 2020, defined by a global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, brought white supremacists, right-wing extremists, and other groups promoting social unrest into the limelight.

From the Proud Boys to QAnon,  the armed militias, and the Boogaloo Bois, scroll down to find out more about how far-right extremism made its way back into the limelight in 2020.

The year 2020 has been defined by white supremacists’ rapid growth, right-wing extremists, and other groups who promote hate, division, and social unrest.

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A counter-protester raises his hands in front of a far-right militia as militia groups stage rallies in downtown Stone Mountain, Georgia, U.S. August 15, 2020.

These groups have been fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the 2020 presidential election.

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Police douse demonstrators with water during protests against modifications to a law called the “infection protection law” (“Infektionsschutzgesetz”) in Berlin, Germany, on November 18, 2020.

 

 

The Proud Boys, a far-right political organization that calls itself a “fraternity” of “Western chauvinists”, gained national media attention during the first presidential debate when President Trump told them to “stand back and stand by.”

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The Proud Boys, a right-wing pro-Trump group, are heavily armed with military weapons gather with their allies in a rally called ‘End Domestic Terrorism’ against Antifa in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020.

The group was founded in 2018 by Gavin McInnes, who is also the co-founder of Vice Media. 

While McInnes and other leaders of the group have denied that it is racist, some members  “espouse white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideologies” and are involved in white supremacist organizations, according to the ADL.

Classified by the FBI as an”extremist group with ties to white nationalism,” the Proud Boys are known for holding rallies to protest left-wing groups and stoking violence.

Source: Fighting Antisemitism and Hate

 

 

Its profile gained national attention in the summer, at the height of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that erupted across the US following the death of George Floyd.

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Members of the Proud Boys and counter-protesters clash near Black Lives Matter Plaza on December 12, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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The Proud Boys also made appearances at political rallies this year, including a November “Million MAGA March” demonstration against the election results.

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Members of “the Proud Boys” join supporters of US President Donald Trump during a rally in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2020.

The fraternity’s international chairman, Enrique Tarrio, told Insider in September that some of its members were running for the 2020 election, but declined to identify them by name.

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Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio rallies in Portland, Ore., during the group’s “End Domestic Terrorism” gathering on August 17, 2019.

“We have our guys who are running for office, and we’ll be busy door-knocking pretty much across the county,” Tarrio told Insider at the time. “We’re focused on the election and getting our favorite candidates elected, including our guys.”

Source: Insider

The Proud Boys have also publicly supported 17-year-old shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, who was charged in the deaths of two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August.

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Trump supporters and the “Proud Boys” group attend a rally on December 11, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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Rittenhouse is a Trump supporter from Illinois who had previously expressed support on social media for the Blue Lives Matter movement and law enforcement.

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Kyle Rittenhouse listens to defense attorney John Pierce during an extradition hearing in Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan, Illinois, on October 30, 2020.

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Other organizations that came to the forefront in 2020 include the Boogaloo Bois, a loosely organized far-right, anti-government group known for wearing trademark Hawaiian shirts and wielding rifles at various protests.

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Boogaloo Bois wait ahead of a protest in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 30, 2020.

The Boogaloo Bois, who are supporters of the Second Amendment, have called for a second US civil war and an uprising against the federal government.

Source: Insider

 

 

The Boogaloo Bois have been linked to several crimes. Earlier this week, one member pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide weapons and resources to US-designated terrorist group Hamas.

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Members of the Boogaloo Movement stand in front of the Ohio Statehouse during a right-wing protest “Stand For America Against Terrorists and Tyrants” at State Capitol on July 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.

“This case highlights the real threat posed by domestic violent extremists who self-radicalize and threaten to violently attack others opposed to their views, with little or no warning,” said Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis field office, according to Insider.

Source: Insider

Paramilitary and far-right groups were also seen in Michigan earlier in the year when armed protesters from an anti-lockdown protest stormed the state’s Capitol.

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People take part in a protest for “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine” at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 15, 2020.

Some of the protesters comparing the state’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, to Hitler.

President Trump later called them “very good people,” adding that the governor should “make a deal with them.”

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Some of the protesters were tied to a paramilitary militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen.

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Members of a militia group attack the state capitol building in Lansing, Michigan on April 30, 2020.

Several months later, members of the same group were arrested on charges of planning an alleged terrorism plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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It has become increasingly difficult to differentiate the various groups from one another, as they often appear at the same rallies.

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Protesters march towards Freedom Plaza during a demonstration on December 12, 2020, in Washington, DC.

This has particularly been the case in Germany, which has seen Europe’s biggest anti-lockdown movement in recent months.

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A demonstrator holds a QAnon flag in Berlin, Germany, on November 18, 2020.

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Far-right extremists are among the diverse group of anti-lockdown demonstrators who have been protesting regularly in the country.

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A demonstrator wrapped in a flag of the German empire faces off with riot policemen standing guard in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany on August 29, 2020.

Despite having differing backgrounds, many protesters have united to accuse German lawmakers of triggering unnecessary panic by imposing local and national lockdowns.

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QAnon has also found fertile ground in Germany, where more than 200,000 people follow the US conspiracy theory on social media accounts on all platforms.

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Mostly right-wing protesters, including a young woman wearing a QAnon shirt, observe riot police clearing Unter den Linden avenue during protests against coronavirus-related restrictions and government policy on August 29, 2020, in Berlin, Germany.

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The same has been witnessed in other European countries, including the United Kingdom, where fascist symbols or QAnon references often make an appearance in anti-lockdown protests.

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Piers Corbyn speaks to demonstrators as a man holds up a QAnon sign behind him during a StandUpX March for Freedom protest on October 17, 2020, in London, England.

In the summer, hundreds of demonstrators, some of whom belonged to far-right groups, clashed with police during a protest in London. This picture,- of a BLM supporter carrying an injured counter-protester to safety – made national headlines.

Protester Patrick Hutchinson carries an injured counter-protester to safety, near Waterloo station during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in London, Britain, June 13, 2020.
Protester Patrick Hutchinson carries an injured protester to safety, near Waterloo station during an anti-BLM protest, in London, Britain, on June 13, 2020.

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Experts worry right-wing extremism will continue to be a problem in the years to come. Top international security officials last year ranked it as one of the world’s most serious security threats alongside space security, climate change, and emerging technologies.

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A member of the Proud Boys poses for a photo with the Patriot Elk, a reappropriated far-left protest sculpture, during a Defeat the Steal rally on November 14, 2020, in Salem, Oregon.

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Clashes broke out between Trump supporters, Proud Boys, counter-protesters, and police after thousands gathered in DC to contest the election results

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Members of the Proud Boys and counter-protesters stand off near Black Lives Matter Plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Clashes broke out between protesters, counter-protesters, and police following a day of pro-Trump rallies in Washington DC on Saturday.
  • The DC mayor’s office said at least 23 arrests were made and at least eight people were hospitalized, local Fox 5 DC reported.
  • Two days before the electoral college vote is expected to solidify President-elect Joe Biden’s win, thousands demonstrated in support of President Donald Trump earlier on Saturday.
  • Hundreds of members of the far-right Proud Boys were in attendance and were seen facing off with black-clad counter-protesters and vandalizing “Black Lives Matter” flags.
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Clashes broke out between protesters, counter-protesters, and police on Saturday night, leaving multiple injuries and nearly two dozen arrests following a day of pro-Trump rallies in Washington, DC.

Two days before the electoral college vote is expected to solidify President-elect Joe Biden’s win, thousands demonstrated in support of President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election.

The march was largely made up of people who defended the president’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and refused to acknowledge that Biden won the election.

Hundreds of members of the Proud Boys were in attendance as well, and could be seen in videos marching while chanting “fuck antifa.” The far-right group is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

Later in the evening, pro-Trump protesters and Proud Boys clashed with black-clad counter-protesters near Black Lives Matter Plaza and other areas of DC. The Washington Post reported at least six people were arrested during the protests earlier on Saturday.

The DC mayor’s office said at least 23 arrests were made related to the protests, and at least eight people were hospitalized, local Fox 5 DC reported. Two of those hospitalized were reportedly police officers.

Videos shared on social media showed the confrontations between the groups, as well as police intervening and people being arrested.

Other video showed members of the Proud Boys pulling down, tearing, or burning “Black Lives Matter” signs.

 

The pro-Trump rally occured one day after the Supreme Court rejected a bid to overturn the election results. It was the latest in a string of defeats for the Trump campaign and other Republican officials who have mounted a flurry of legal challenges to no avail.

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