Hundreds of counterprotesters, including Antifa, confronted a group of white-nationalist demonstrators Sunday at the so-called “Unite the Right II” march toward the White House — and many pushed back as officers tried to clear the area in the evening, triggering scuffles.
A passing thunderstorm forced the far-right demonstrators to break down their rally stage in Lafayette Park near the White House prematurely, but as police escorted them from the area, reports of Antifa resistance emerged. Some 200 anti-fascists, many of them wearing black masks, confronted police about a half-mile from the White House as officers shoved them back, The Associated Press reported.
— DeJuan Hoggard (@DeJuanABC11) August 12, 2018
— Marissa J. Lang (@Marissa_Jae) August 12, 2018
Antifa seemed to have thrown two smoke bombs. One landed in bush near police. Cops got in there quickly pic.twitter.com/1gWoIWfuJQ
— Perry Stein (@PerryStein) August 12, 2018
Antifa and Secret Service clash in front of the White House
Eggs flying pic.twitter.com/Mia6ktnyrB
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) August 12, 2018
Other reports suggested counterprotesters hurled fireworks as police tried to clear the way for “Unite the Right” activists to leave the park. Eventually, many of the Antifa members packed in to vans as police escorted them away.
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