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ANTIFA Protesters Armed With Shields Take To The Streets Of Manhattan

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Antifa protesters wearing helmets and carrying riot shields marched through the streets of Manhattan on Sunday amid fears of further political violence after last week’s deadly mob attack by Donald Trump supporters at the Capitol.

Dozens of protesters marched through Times Square in New York City with at least one waving a Black Lives Matter flag and another dressed in a mock police uniform with a pig’s head.

One woman held a placard saying ‘Trump Lost! Fascists Get Out!’ and ‘Trump/Pence Out Now’ amid calls for the president to be impeached a second time for inciting the Capitol riot.

While the march appeared mostly peaceful, one hardline Trump supporter claimed she was ‘assaulted’ by protesters who allegedly egged her and harassed her with an umbrella while she tried to film the protest.

An Antifa group in New York claimed the march as as an ‘anti-fascist victory’ after few Trump supporters turned out to challenge them, saying that ‘MAGA and the Proud Boys didn’t show up because we mobilized’.

Fears of renewed violence have led to a crackdown by social media giants against Trump and some of his supporters, with last week’s siege raising concerns over what will happen at next week’s Biden inauguration.

Trump supporters are feared to be targeting Biden’s inauguration for more violence, and there are plans for a ‘million militia march’ across the country to repeat their discredited claims that the election was ‘stolen’ from Trump.

The NYC protest came a day after clashes between Trump supporters and Antifa protesters in San Diego, where rocks, bottles and eggs were thrown at police during what was declared an unlawful assembly.

Television footage showed black-clad Antifa protesters throwing a folding chair and spraying a chemical irritant at another group of people on the Pacific Beach boardwalk.

In Washington, the Capitol has been surrounded by fencing after the Trump-supporting mob overran the scaffolding that had been put up ahead of Biden’s swearing in on January 20.

The inauguration has already been scaled back because of the pandemic and is further out of the ordinary because Trump will not be attending to see his successor take the oath.

A few groups have submitted requests for protest permits with the National Park Service for the inauguration, including a group called ‘Let America Hear Us Roar For Trump’ that seeks to ‘support our President.’

In November, the leader of the the extremist Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, vowed send his members to the inauguration disguised as Biden supporters to sow chaos.

But with Tarrio banned from DC for six months as a condition of bail and federal authorities seeking other members in connection with Wednesday’s attack, it was unclear if those plans are still on

Washington’s mayor has asked for increased security around the inauguration amid fears that far-right extremists are planning further violence.

More than 6,000 members of the National Guard from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland will help support the Capitol Police and other law enforcement in Washington for the next 30 days.

The Secret Service is also overseeing security at the event … (Read more)