Leftist and ‘Antifa’ activists have descended on Washington DC to oppose a ‘free speech rally’ led by right-wing figures together with the ‘Proud Boys’ and Milo Yiannopoulos. Expecting clashes, police have closed roads.
The ‘Demand Free Speech’ rally kicked off on Saturday at Washington DC’s Freedom Plaza, simply blocks from the White House. Trump supporters, nationalists and varied different right-wing teams turned out to listen to speeches from conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, former Trump marketing campaign adviser Roger Stone and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, in addition to a gaggle of hopeful politicians courting the vote of the disaffected proper.
Perhaps anticipating a rerun of final weekend’s violent Proud Boys/Antifa clashes in Portland, Oregon, DC police closed roads for 2 blocks in all instructions round Freedom Plaza, and manned barricades to maintain left-wing counter-protesters away from the right-wingers.
At a number of factors all through the afternoon, Antifa members tried to interrupt via the police cordon, however had been shoved again by officers. Scuffles additionally broke out between the masked leftists and Trump supporters, and police intervened to cease some Antifa protesters vandalizing newsstands and avenue indicators.
As the gang dispersed afterward Saturday afternoon, some activists lingered in the streets, chanting slogans and arguing with police. The right-wing protesters had been bussed to an afterparty, based on the occasion web site.