Washington, DC — A group of white supremacists raid downtown Washington, DC on Saturday night, gently threatening with the American flag as they march down the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial to the beat of a snare drum. I had a plastic shield like that. But after they proactively advocated their plan to “regain America,” their intended power show brilliantly stalled when they lost their vehicles.
The group marched through the city with a threatening chant about their plan to “regain America,” but by the end of the night it wasn’t even clear how they intended to regain the U-Hall.
A rally of more than 100 members of the “Patriot Front” group, just a few blocks from the White House, caused horror among many bystanders and quickly caught the attention of law enforcement agencies.
Members wore uniforms: white gaiters, sunglasses, blue jackets, khaki trousers, and brown boots and hats. Some worn plastic shin guards that appear to anticipate violence.
Bystanders booed as Patriot Front leader Thomas Rousseau was speaking beside the reflective pool of the Capitol. When asked about the reason for the march, Rousseau said: Very similar to the interests of its true people. “
At the end of the night, the march ended with a logistic anti-climax. No arrests were made where the Arlington Memorial Bridge collapsed, and DC police Lieutenant Jason Bagshaw told The Daily Beast that police officers equipped with riots were simply “waiting for people to leave.”
At that time, it became clear that more than 20 members of the white supremacist group could not leave because they were clearly stuck. Members of the group were waiting at a one-way roundabout to depart for one of the U-holes they were using to transport themselves for the rally. However, the large rental vans couldn’t handle everything, and many people were kept waiting in the darkness of 45 degrees as bulky orange vehicles moved many times over nearly three hours.
When the group finally departed, one police officer shouted, “Who’s the shield?” After members apparently left behind his plastic shield.
Patriot front Formerly known as Vanguard America, it changed its name after a man in the group killed a woman in the infamous Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville. Members with military experience often train each other with basic tactics ranging from protest gearlists (Marine-issued combat boots and decontamination wipes) to hand-to-hand combat. Other white supremacists, such as Richard Spencer, hired groups for their own safety.
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