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Proud Boys assault police line in failed attempt to storm Black Lives Matter Plaza

Late night on the 5th of January, the Proud Boys marched in force on Black Lives Matter Plaza. They got nearly to the plaza itself before being stopped by an MPD police line. They attempted to charge through by force and failed. One may have gotten onto the plaza before being arrested. So much for "Back the Blue!"

Video: Proud Boys try to storm BLM Plaza right through MPD's police line 20 sec

Proud Boys attempt to storm BLM Plaza, chant "Fuck Antifa" as MPD holds them back to keep the community from going to war (still from RawsMedia video)

MAGAt rally speaker invokes Normandy while Fascists harass BLM Plaza

On January 5, Trump supporters rallied on Freedom Plaza. At one point, a speaker told people to hug each other, thinking it was sarcastic to call it a "superspreader event." Another speaker made an incredibly offensive comparison to Normany (D-Day) while fascists and Proud Boys harassed the defenders of Black Lives Matter Plaza. Meanwhile two more fascists were arrested for carrying guns.

Video-speaker invokes Normandy while fascists harass BLM Plaza and buildings are boarded up 59 sec

Scene at Freedom Plaza as a Trumper dares to speak of Normandy and D-Day

Senator who initiated challenge to election results gets protest at his VA house

On Dec 30, Sen. Josh Hawley was the first GOP Senator to announce he would object to certifying Donald Trump's loss to Biden in the 2020 election. Five days later on Jan 4, activists from Shut Down DC showed up in front of his Northern Virginia house for a protest vigil.

Video:Josh Hawley IsA Liar(by Don Winslow w scenes of the peaceful candlelight vigil) 43 sec

Photo by Melissa

Proud Boys top commander Enrique Tarrio arrested

On the 4th of January, Proud Boys commander Enrique Tarrio arrived in DC for what he hoped would be three nights of terror against people of color. Instead he was arrested on arrival, for burning the Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a church on Dec 12, 2020. In addition, police found two high capacity gun magazines on him, banned under DC's gun laws. These brought two addtional charges, both felonies.

Update 1-5:Tarrio was released with charges-and a stayaway order from ALL OF DC except for court hearings

Protesters demand Alexandria Holiday Inn not host fascists

On the 4th of January, protesters showed up outside the Alexandria Holiday Inn, demanding fascists and Proud Boys be refused rooms for the upcoming coup attempt. A "credible threat" of violence caused organizers to call the event off with 1/2 hours notice, but people showed up anyway and proceeded with the protest though on a smaller scale.

Video-interview w participant 3 min 28 sec

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