- Four people have been stabbed during a pro-Trump rally in Washington DC while another was shot in Olympia, Washington.
- The four stabbing victims are in critical condition, while the condition of the shooting victim remains unknown.
- The clashes between the protesters, counter-protesters, and police came two days before the electoral college results are expected to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
- The rallies were held the day after the Supreme Court rejected a bid to overturn the election results following Trump’s latest legal challenge.
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Four people have been stabbed during the ‘Stop the Steal’ protests in Washington DC while another was shot in Olympia, Washington.
The four stabbing victims were stabbed near Harry’s Bar at 11th and F Street Northwest, a gathering point for the Proud Boys, The Washington Post reported.
Hundreds of members of the Proud Boys were in attendance at the protests, and could be seen in videos marching while chanting “fuck antifa.” The far-right group is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Later in the evening, pro-Trump protesters and Proud Boys clashed with black-clad counter-protesters near Black Lives Matter Plaza and other areas of DC.
The authorities did not comment on which group the injured individuals belonged to, according to The New York Times.
The four stabbing victims are in critical condition, while the status of the shooting victim remains unknown.
Two police officers with moderate injuries and two people with minor injuries were also taken to hospital, The NYT added.
The clashes between the protesters, counter-protesters, and police at the pro-Trump rallies held to support his efforts to overturn the election results came two days before the electoral college results are expected to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
As of 9pm Saturday, 23 people had been arrested in DC, including 10 who were charged with misdemeanor assaults, six with assaulting police officers, and four with rioting, The Washington Post reported.
One of those arrested also had an illegal taser, The Post added.
Meanwhile, in Olympia, Washington, three people were arrested, one on suspicion of a weapons violation and the other two on suspicion of felony assault, according to The Olympian.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Washington State Patrol said: “There’s been a shooting on the Capitol Campus. The suspect has been detained. We do not have any status on the victim.
“There have been sporadic confrontations throughout the day. WSP and partner agencies are working together, coordinating response to the situation.”
Twitter users shared images of injuries from other political confrontations from around the country.
Matt Johnson, a reporter from Atlanta’s WSB-TV tweeted an image with the caption: “Someone walked up to a Democratic Get Out the Vote rally in Stockbridge today and punched a supporter in the face then tore up his @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock signs, per police & witnesses. The suspect was arrested and charged with battery. Victim is ok.”
—Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) December 12, 2020
ABC7 News’ Dan Noyes also posted a video on Twitter with the caption: “Proud Boys unleash bear spray on Antifa and charge at them. Fight with injuries and arrests, during Trump supporters rally in Sacramento calling for a national recount.”
—Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) November 14, 2020
The rallies were held the day after the Supreme Court rejected a bid to overturn the election results in Trump’s latest legal challenge.
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