Protesters clash during rallies in Washington state and Washington, D.C. – NBC News

12December 2020

One individual was shot Saturday in Olympia, Washington, and four individuals were stabbed in Washington, D.C., as demonstrators encountered counterprotesters over the governmental election, racial oppression and pandemic limitations.

All the victims in the Washington, D.C., stabbings were believed to have actually sustained crucial injuries Saturday night, stated Doug Buchanan, spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

In addition, a minimum of one law enforcement officer sustained small injuries in an unassociated skirmish, Buchanan stated. In all, 8 individuals were required to hospitals for medical attention, he said.

In Olympia a suspect was detained in the shooting, stated Washington State Patrol Sgt. Darren Wright, who indicated that pro-President Donald Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators clashed around the Capital Campus area, and that some protesters appeared gotten ready for violence.

“Both sides have heavily armed people in the groups,” he said. “We've had sporadic confrontations throughout the day.”

Demonstrators in the state capital included Trump advocates, Black Lives Matter activists and people opposed to pandemic constraints.

Wright said authorities declared an illegal assembly, leading numerous protesters to disperse.

A member of the reactionary group Proud Boys gestures to police to let them through as they progress a street near the White House, throughout a rally to protest the results of the governmental election, in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.Jonathan Ernst/ Reuters Back in the country's capital, Metropolitan Police Department officers detained a minimum of half-dozen people as”March For Trump”protesters encountered counterdemonstrators. Pro-Trump marchers shouted,”Four more years”and,”We desire Trump.”Previous nationwide security advisor Michael Flynn and Infowars host Alex Jones spoke at the event. Video posted on social media appeared to reveal individuals using the insignia and black and yellow colors of Proud Boys, a group the FBI has connected to white

nationalism. Marine One, the classification provided to a military helicopter when the president is onboard, flew over the protests, according to a tweet by White House social networks director Dan Scavino. Trump tweeted a video of demonstrators singing”The Star-Spangled Banner.”Video verified by NBC News depicts demonstrators in dark clothing and wearing helmets assaulting a man a few blocks from Lafayette Square. Dennis Romero


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