Proud Boys, Antifa groups clash in Washington D.C.

Far-right groups supporting US President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud have clashed with counter protesters in Washington D.C.

Among them were members of the far-right militia group the Proud Boys in their signature black-and-yellow outfits, some wearing bulletproof vests and others even seen donning kilts.

Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio was spotted in the crowd.

They marched through Freedom Plaza, a couple of blocks from the White House, on Saturday and traded barbs with opposing protesters from anti-fascist group Antifa as police used their bodies and bicycles to keep them apart.

Some pro-Trump demonstrators showed up in tactical gear, chanting “USA”, “f*** Antifa” and “four more years”.

Mr Trump’s presidential term ends when Democrat Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.

Six people were arrested in connection with the protests, local TV station WUSA9 reported.

Pepper spray was also used against at least two counter protesters.

The Million MAGA (Make America Great Again) March was the second to be held in downtown Washington D.C. since President Trump lost the election.

Mr Trump tweeted furiously after violent scenes played out at the first march in November.

“ANTIFA SCUM ran for the hills today when they tried attacking the people at the Trump Rally, because those people aggressively fought back. Antifa waited until tonight, when 99% were gone, to attack innocent #MAGA People. DC Police, get going — do your job and don’t hold back!!!” he said.

According to the march website, supporters gathered against “the corruption and dishonesty” and the December 12 event was “another stand for this country, freedom and the United States Constitution”.

“We’re not gonna give up,” said Luke Wilson, a sixty-something protester who had come all the way from the western state of Idaho told AFP.

Dell Quick, a regular at Trump’s political rallies, brandished a flag defending gun rights.

“I believe there is a big injustice being done to the American people,” he said.

Every state has now certified Mr Biden’s victory, giving him 306 votes in the Electoral College to Trump’s 232, with 270 required for election.

Electors are to formally cast their votes on Monday.



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