Thousands of Donald Trump supporters alleging electoral fraud converged on a number of US cities and cities on Saturday and there have been remoted scuffles with counter-demonstrators.
In Washington DC, greater than 20 individuals had been arrested and 4 individuals had been stabbed, police mentioned.
Mr Trump misplaced the three November election to Joe Biden however is but to concede.
The Electoral College, the system which elects US presidents, is because of endorse Mr Biden’s victory on Monday.
Mr Biden received 306 votes to Mr Trump’s 232 within the Electoral College, and gained over seven million extra votes than his Republican rival within the fashionable vote.
In the nation’s capital, police sought to maintain the 2 sides aside, a technique that included sealing off Black Lives Matter Plaza the place counter-demonstrators had gathered.
Pro-Trump demonstrators, rallying below the banner of “Stop the Steal”, had been joined by members of the far-right Proud Boys, wearing yellow and black, many carrying bullet-proof vests.
Mr Trump induced controversy by saying the group ought to “stand back and stand by” throughout a September presidential debate, although he later condemned “all white supremacists”.
As evening fell, Proud Boys and Antifa counter-demonstrators, principally separated by police traces, yelled insults at one another. But sporadic violence broke out.
Eight individuals had been taken to hospitals, together with two cops, in keeping with CNN.
Make America Great Again (MAGA) protesters, who assist Mr Trump, had been captured on video tearing down a Black Lives Matter signal from a church, pouring petrol on it and setting it alight.
On Sunday the Ashbury church pastor in contrast the actions to cross burnings.
The pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in DC responds to the burning of the church’s Black Lives Matter signal final evening by individuals who seemed to be affiliated with Proud Boys.
“For me it was reminiscent of cross burnings.” pic.twitter.com/eX3aAE7qTJ
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) December 13, 2020
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“Seeing this act on video made me both indignant and determined to fight the evil that has reared its ugly head,” Rev Ianther Mills mentioned in an announcement.
Rallies additionally befell in Olympia, the capital of Washington state, Atlanta and St Paul, Minnesota. Police in Olympia mentioned one individual had been shot and three arrested as rival teams clashed.
The Washington DC rally attracted a number of thousand Trump-supporters nevertheless it was smaller than an analogous occasion on 14 November. Few individuals wore masks regardless of Covid-19 restrictions.
There had been speeches by Mr Trump’s now pardoned former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and Sebastian Gorka, one other former White House official.
Mr Gorka urged the president not to surrender his authorized marketing campaign – based mostly on debunked allegations of electoral fraud – to reverse the election outcome.
The president’s newest authorized defeat got here on Friday when the Supreme Court rejected an unprecedented try to throw out ends in 4 battleground states which Mr Biden received. Mr Trump has now misplaced greater than 50 circumstances linked to the election.
Cheers erupted because the presidential helicopter, Marine One, flew over the Washington rally carrying Mr Trump to the Army-Navy soccer recreation at West Point, New York.
The president had earlier tweeted his assist.
General Flynn likened the protesters to troopers and monks breaching the partitions of Jericho, echoing the rally organisers’ name for “Jericho Marches” to overturn the election outcome.
That refers to a narrative within the bible the place a military peacefully conquer town of Jericho, which God has promised them, after marching round its partitions for six days. It is taken into account symbolic of a check of religion.