On Saturday, Black Lives Matter activists and antifa members marched in DC for the “Queer and Trans Black History Month March and Rally.”
Protesters marched in Washington, D.C. throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. Organized on Twitter by the Total Liberation Collective and the Palm Collective, the event began at 2:00 p.m. but lasted into the night. Later in the evening, Black Lives Matter protesters marched north from Dupont Circle. Fox News notes that there were at least a couple Antifa protesters at the event, as a red and black “Antifascist Action” flag could be seen being carried by a group of protesters clad in black.
Chants of “Black lives, they matter here” and “If we don’t get it, burn it down” rang out from the crowd. “We are here tonight because black lives matter,” the group recited at the end of the protest. “Despite black lives mattering, black people are still dying at the hands of the police paid for by our tax dollars.”
The protesters briefly paused in front of a row of restaurants where some protesters scuffled with police officers, independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager reports. Video footage of the protests show activists clashing with police officers as well as ordinary citizens. At one point, antifa members could be seen skirmishing with the police, who were attempting to keep them away from people eating outdoors at various restaurants. Another video from the scene showed protesters shining bright lights at the police while verbally accosting them.
Undercover journalists such as Andy Ngo followed the protestors to depict their actions and the difference of treatment by the media when compared to the protests that came one month earlier. Roughly 26,000 National Guard troops were sent to Washington, D.C., to provide security following the riot on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, with at least 5,000 of them reported to be staying through March. The Metro Police said no arrests were made on Saturday night due to the protests. The march grew more volatile in the evening, with the groups tussling with the police, bothering diners and chanting calls to violence.
ARTICLE: ALLESANDRO CACCAMO
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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