At least four people were stabbed as right-wing Proud Boys and left-wing Antifa engaged in sporadic clashes in Washington, DC while police struggled to contain the violence and keep rival groups separated.
Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump descended on Washington on Saturday for a massive MAGA rally that featured a volley of conservative speakers addressing the agitated crowd, who believe the election was “stolen” from them, and accuses the Republican Party of “betrayal.”
Despite heated chants like “destroy the GOP!” the event was mostly peaceful, as DC police managed to keep counter-protesters apart, with lines of cops on bicycles and in riot gear blocking the opposing groups from interacting.
However, as night fell, the sides splintered into smaller groups and began roaming the streets of downtown Washington, picking fights with their rivals, pepper-spraying each other, and getting pepper-sprayed by the cops.
A Proud Boy has been allegedly stabbed and a fight broke out right after. Ambulances have arrived. pic.twitter.com/gdl9vu6Xze
— James Klüg (@realJamesKlug) December 13, 2020
There was also a knife fight near a favorite bar of the Proud Boys, in which four people were seriously injured. The victims were taken to the hospital with potentially life-threatening wounds, DC fire spokesman Doug Buchanan told the press.
Another huge fight just broke out and multiple people went down, including a police officer. People are claiming that someone has been stabbed — Have not confirmed this, but an ambulance did just arrive. pic.twitter.com/P6xO1ptDov
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) December 13, 2020
Hospitals received at least five other patients injured in the skirmishes, in addition to the four stabbing victims.
Other footage showed police retreating under a barrage of bottles, bricks, and other projectiles from an Antifa mob that apparently tried to seize control of the BLM plaza.
BREAKING: Antifa black bloc violently confront MPD by throwing water bottles and bricks at them amongst other projectiles
At least one officer was visibly wounded in the attack. Further confrontations ensued but the violence ended when riot police stepped in pic.twitter.com/W3P5gm4Lzk
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) December 13, 2020
Multiple confrontations were captured on film, with clashes and fireworks flying both ways.
Proudboys causing terror in dc. Blm blamed by cops pic.twitter.com/kQVbwtH6eG
— Wayward.streamer (@StreamerWayward) December 12, 2020
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) December 13, 2020
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country in Washington state, at least one person was shot and injured, allegedly by a Proud Boys member, amid smaller-scale clashes between the same right- and left-wing groups at Washington’s Capitol campus in Olympia.