While Washington DC law enforcement braces for the Unite The Right 2 rally, and the dozens of Antifa groups planning to protest against Unite The Right, members of Antifa groups showed up in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday for a march to mark the anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer.
As darkness fell, Antifa members started harassing and attacking journalists and police.
NBC News reporter Cal Perry was there, publishing short clips to his Twitter feed, which offers an insight into how the evening devolved. Perry started his coverage with a 16 second clip showing police lining the street and barricades, with the message "#Charlottesville is not having any of it this weekend."
Once it got dark, he showed another short clip, stating "protests now in Charlottesville." Then he announced "Protesters very aggressive with media." Within minutes he offered another 38 second clip of Antifa members grouping together to face off ith police, screaming and cursing at them, with Perry stating "Getting ugly in #Charlottesville." The next clip was 25 seconds with a message "ugly."
His next message was "Yeah. We’re getting a lot of this. Protesters trying to grab our camera. #Charlotsville." Another short clip with Perry describing it, "“Fu** you, snitch a** news bitch. Fu** you."
This morning Perry offered a 31 second clip of law enforcement preparing for today's events, stating "Heavy, heavy security #Charlottesville."
Daily Progress reporter Allison Wrabel was also there and as the Daily Caller reports, she captured Antifa groups attacking police.
“Crowd size and scuffle on Water Street with Police,” Wrabel tweeted. “No idea what happened.”
The video showed demonstrators marching and chanting “Black Lives Matter,” then veered to a scuffle between police and a group of demonstrators that left the officer and at least one person on the ground. Another police officer can be seen coming in to help break things up.
As of Sunday morning the video had been viewed over 240,000 times.
That was on Saturday, with no members of the Unite the Right group even there.
According to a CBS alert, a VA hospital was put into lockdown due to the protesters.
DC police have brought in hundreds of additional officers in preparation.
ABC7 News reports: "According to National Park Service permits, Unite the Right expects around 400 demonstrators. Five other permits show that nearly 10 times that number could show up on the side of the counterprotesters."
Counter protesters are already gathering ahead of the Unite The Right 2 scheduled rally, and more livestreams from both the DC event and from Charlottesville, VA, will be added as they become available.
Livestream below from DC.
The next video is from Charlottesville, VA from this morning and afternoon.
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