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Protesters in Washington, D.C., continued Black Lives Matter-linked demonstrations well into Sunday evening, invading neighborhoods and shining lights into homes while telling people to “get into the street.”
“Out of your homes and into the street,” BLM protesters could be heard chanting in videos posted to social media.
Some people also set off firecrackers as others changed, “No peace, no justice!”
People in the crowd are setting off firecrackers and shining flashlights into homes here in DC as the march continues pic.twitter.com/mZ2xGXr6go
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) August 31, 2020
Others chanted, “You can’t stop the revolution,” according to videos posted by Daily Caller correspondent Shelby Talcott. At least one protester was carrying a sign that said, “White silence is violence,” while others were demonstration mask-less in close proximity.
We’ve got a group marching out here in DC this evening. There are a lot of police officers following behind. pic.twitter.com/34rt1GfRoV
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) August 31, 2020
But the demonstrations, as has often been the case, were not without violence. Police clashed with some protesters, deploying sting balls and tear gas on Black Lives Matter Plaza, which is near the White House.
The Metropolitan Police Department released a statement regarding the unrest, noting that it “will always protect the rights of those engaged in non-violent First Amendment assemblies, however, those who engage in criminal behavior and seek to cause harm to others will be held accountable.”
President Donald Trump was actively tweeting Sunday evening, at one time mocking his Democrat rival, Joe Biden, over his hesitance to condemn riots, looting, and other violence that has regularly occurred throughout the summer.
“When is Slow Joe Biden going to criticize the Anarchists, Thugs & Agitators in ANTIFA? When is he going to suggest bringing up the National Guard in BADLY RUN & Crime Infested Democrat Cities & States? Remember, he can’t lose the Crazy Bernie Super Liberal vote!” Trump wrote.
The rioting turned deadly last week on two occasions.
Earlier in the week, two rioters were killed and a third wounded in Kenosha, Wis., after several began chasing and attempting to physically harm 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who defended himself with a semi-automatic rifle.
Kenosha resident Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, who was previously seen taunting armed men, was killed along with Anthony Huber, 26. Rittenhouse allegedly wounded a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz, 26. He’s been charged with first-degree murder.
Then on Saturday, a man identified as Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson, a member of the conservative Patriot Prayer organization, died after being gunned down, assassination style, on a street in downtown Portland following a pro-police, pro-Trump demonstration earlier in the day.
‘They hunted us down’: Fellow Patriot Prayer member describes ‘execution’ of Trump supporter, calls on Trump to send ‘troops’ https://t.co/8ay3CgWunT
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 31, 2020
“It escalated to the point that they executed my partner,” says an unidentified man who was with Danielson when he was killed in a now-viral video. “They hunted him down, they hunted us down, they recognized our Patriot Prayer hats.”
BLM supporters are increasingly venturing out into neighborhoods, a tactic that has been met with mixed results.
Protesters ventured into a Seattle neighborhood earlier this month demanding that whites “give up” their homes “to black people.”
“Give up your house. Give black people back their homes,” one person chanted.
Protesters in Portland have also begun demonstrating in residential areas.
But some Americans have had enough of the endless demonstrations where they live. Last month, a video clip went viral showing a fed-up motorist slugging one of a group of bike-riding demonstrators blocking a neighborhood street.
“Keep pushing into residential neighborhoods, Antifa. Watch what happens when you keep disrupting normal people’s lives, blocking them from working, traveling, and getting to places. This is just a warning shot. It’s about to get a whole lot worse for you commies,” Twitter user “Click” noted in a post featuring the video.
The logic behind launching disruptive protests involving blocking travel and disturbing Americans in their homes is unclear.
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