Black Lives Matter Banner Set Alight as Violent Clashes Break Out in Washington

A Black Lives Matter banner was set alight by protesters, some brandishing shields with the Proud Boys logo on it, after violent clashes broke out between opposing factions in Washington on December 12.

Tensions flared after counter-protesters went head-to-head with supporters of US President Donald Trump following a pro-Trump rally in Washington earlier on Saturday. Footage shared to social media showed fights breaking out between members of the opposing groups as police attempted to separate them.

This footage shows protesters shouting “F*** Antifa” as they gather around a burning Black Lives Matter banner. Some members of the group can be seen wearing merchandise advocating the Proud Boys group. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful

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