Race/Racism

Fuck the Police protesters hold night march, note DC's $130K for tear gas

On the 17th of October, the "Fuck the Police" march took to the streets at its usual Saturday night time. In addition to the usual focus on police murders of Black and Brown people, marchers called out the DC government for spending $130,000 on tear gas for expected "riots" after the election.

Bike cops blocking the street behind the FTP march

Indigenous solidarity activists counterprotest Columbus statue event featuring Trump speech

This year Indigenous Solidarity Day fell on Oct 12. A "National Columbus Day Association" event found themselves upstaged by an Indigenous protest, and by a warning from an antifa videographer that their fancy statue would by torn down by protesters. Donald Trump gave the event's (presumably recorded from Oct 9) keynote speech, and that's when an anti-Fascist journalist showed up.

Photo by Keya Chatterjee

Cops surround They/Them march with bike cops, menace w fake kettles

On the 10th of October, the They/Them "Fuck the Police" march took to the streets, undeterred by Monday's police harassment of an activist house. A swarm of bike cops maneuvered in such a way as to keep the entire march inside what was nearly a moving kettle, with their lead elements moving at the last minute. The march had to disperse early again from 14th and Columbia due to escalating police aggression.

Video-police tactics used against the They/Them march 1 min 52 sec

A line of bike cops on the left flank of the march(looking back) similar lines were in front of, behind, and on the right with gaps only at the corners much of the time

Confederate flag sighted at pro-Trump Walter Reed vigil

Shortly before Trump was discharged early from Walter Reed, the Trump supporters outside were photographed with a Confederate flag flying alongside the usual thin blue line, rattlesnake, and other such flags. The neo-Confederates have increasingly come out of the closet in the past 6 months(well, "Proud Boys" are supposed to come out...)

Confederate flag outside Walter Reed, Trump was inside with COVID

Further police violence assaults Sat afternoon Black Lives Matter march

Late afternoon on Oct 3, police violence against Black Lives Matter marchers continued with a biker cop assault on a peaceful daytime march on or near 18th St. The cops swarmed out of nowhere, arrested a 16 year old, and created an unusually tense and charged environment even for a police attack by some accounts.

Pro-Trump "Walk Away" march assaults journalist and BLM protesters, uses Nazi chants

On the 3ed of October, the pro-Trump "Walk Away" (from Dems) march acted like a hornet's nest poked with a stick at any sighting of antifascists or Black Lives Matter. On 15th st their official marked security goons assauted an Antifa journalist, who had to physically pry one of their hands off his equipment. Later, as BLM protesters confronted the Trumpers, a swirling melee of police assaults and screaming Trumpers broke out, three repored arrests.

Video-Walk Away march security attempts to forcibly prevent anti-fascist videographer from filming 1 min 19 sec

Park Police swarm and tackle one of three activists arrested for peacefully counterprotesting the MAGAT horde with bullhorns(still from Keven R Hogan's NTD video)

Theocrats and white nationalists harass rally against Trump's Supreme Court nominee Barrett

On the 27th of September, a "No Confirmation without Inauguration" rally was held in front of the Supreme Court steps. Speakers warned this would be "a fight." A fight indeed: Fundamentalist Christians and outright white nationalists showed up to counterprotest and harass, using their bullhorns in siren mode plus their chants in a failed attempt to drown out the sound system.

Video: far-right disrupts the rally, and interview attempt w man in "Its OK to be White" shirt 2 min 17 sec

Man on left and center both claimed white nationalism is OK

Police attack BLM protesters on day Trump nominates Amy Coney Barret for high court

The 26th of September was an ugly and violent day in DC. Hours after Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barret to the Supreme Court, bike cops violently attacked the They/Them FTP march (3 arrests), and followed up on that with a 4th arrest on Black Lives Matter Plaza. Earlier an estimated 30,000 theocrats supporting Amy Coney Barret rallied on the Mall, and at one point burned a BLM flag.

Video of the police attack on BLM marchers 1 min 39 sec

Bike cops using their bikes as handheld push bars in one of the police attacks on the FTP (Fuck the Police) march (still from Madison Muller video)

Mitch McConnell gets AM home demo, Trump booed at Supreme Court

On the 24th of September, GOP Senate "Majority" leader Mitch McConnell got a AM protest in front of his house, complete with go-go band Moechella and protesters banging pots and pans. Later that morning, some of the same protesters greeted Trump at his Supreme Court visit with a chorus of boos and chants of "vote him out!"

Video: intensely LOUD protest at Mitch McConnell's house 1 min 2 sec

In front of Mitch's house

Protesters on bikes deter many arrest attempts at Breonna Taylor march, 3 arrests reported

On the 23ed of September, the second night of Breonna Taylor protests took to the streets hot and heavy. Bullhorns in siren mode combined with the sound of folks beating on metal signs to create a deafening battlefield din. This combined with skilled and powerful bike blocs both in front of and behind the protests served to deter all but a few arrests.

Heavily armored riot cops guard a McDonald's. A similar unit guarded a Suntrust Bank at 18th and Columbia(still from Kate Cantrell video)

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