By Oisin Sweeney • 13 December 2020 • 7:18
THOUSANDS of Trump supporters took to the streets of Washington DC on Saturday leading to clashes with counter-protesters and police.
The Trump supporters, which included some far-right groups, assembled on the capital’s Freedom Plaza to protest against alleged election fraud in November’s US election. Eleven people were arrested when clashes and street brawls broke out between members of the Proud Boys group and counter-demonstrators.
Speakers who addressed the crowd included Michael Flynn, Trump’s security advisor who was recently pardoned for lying about his Russian connections. He repeated unsubstantiated claims that the Joe Biden campaign had won the election through fraud.
Violence erupted before the rally even began with five arrests on Friday night for political street brawls in Downtown DC. On Saturday, police attempted to stop clashes by forming lines between Trump-supporting groups and counter-protesters. This didn’t stop them from having fistfights and hurling projectiles at each other throughout the afternoon and evening.
Despite the violent scenes circulating on social media videos, President Trump tweeted: ”Wow! Thousands of people forming in Washinton for Stop the Steal. Didn’t know about this, but I’ll be seeing them! #MAGA”.
The rally followed a decision by the Supreme Court to reject attempts by Texas to overturn the Biden victory results of four key battleground states.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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