Violence erupted on the streets of downtown Washington, United States, after thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump held a protest rally to back his unproven claims of massive voter fraud and electoral malpractices during the 2020 presidential elections.
The Outlook, Washington Post and several sources report that the “Million MAGA March”, held a week after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of the November 3 election, was mainly peaceful throughout the day on Saturday, but by late in the night, clashes erupted between Trump”s supporters and counter protesters.
A mass brawl broke out later on Saturday night just five blocks away from the White House as counter protesters clashed with a group of Trump supporters.
According to reports, a man in his 20s, believed to be a Black Lives Matter protester, received serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital after he was stabbed in the back during the altercation. Two police officers were also injured.
The clash lasted for several minutes as the two groups wielded batons and pushed and shoved each other until cops intervened, the reports said.
Thronging to Washington DC from various parts of the US, participants of the Make America Great Again (MAGA) Rally asserted that Trump won the elections and that they were in the city to express their support to their leader.
Trump, who has not yet conceded the election to the projected winner, Biden, has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that fraud and other irregularities deprived him of millions of votes in key battleground states.
According to Fox News, anti-Trump demonstrators allegedly hurled eggs at Trump supporters — or stole signs, hats and banners, and lit them on fire.
Videos posted on social media showed some demonstrators and counter-demonstrators trading shoves, punches and slaps.
Anti-Trump protesters clashed with law enforcement in downtown DC as they tried to make their way to a hotel where Trump supporters were staying, the CNN reported.
Later in the day, Trump in a tweet alleged that news channels are not showing the massive gatherings in support of him, as he posted a picture of protesters of his MAGA rally.
“Instead they have their reporters standing in almost empty streets. We now have SUPPRESSION BY THE PRESS. MAGA!” he said.
Participants of the rally, which started at Freedom Plaza, chanted “four more years” and “stop the steal.”
Sporting the red MAGA cap, they displayed large posters and banners in support of Trump. Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, late Saturday, said that at least 20 people were arrested.
Trump in a tweet blasted counter protesters who turned up at the Million MAGA March as ”Antifa scum” as he joked that they ran for the hills after violent scenes erupted in Washington DC on Saturday night.
The President claimed ”Antifa” had waited until the end of the march to attack attendees as he praised his supporters who “aggressively fought back”.
“Antifa SCUM ran for the hills today when they tried attacking the people at the Trump Rally, because those people aggressively fought back,” he tweeted.
Later, in a series of tweets, Trump attacked media outlets.
“The Fake News Media hardly even discussed the tens of thousands of people that came to DC Formed organically, and in many parts of the Country!
“The Silent Media is the Enemy of the People!!! Human Radical Left garbage did this. Being arrested now!” he tweeted.
Trump”s campaign has also filed legal challenges complaining that their poll watchers were unable to scrutinise the voting process. Many of those challenges have been tossed out by judges, some within hours of their filing.
Breaking: Sam Anyanwu Emerges S’east Consensus Candidate for PDP National Secretary
Senator Samuel Anyanwu has emerged the consensus candidate of the South East zone of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for the position of the National Secretary of the opposition party in the forthcoming National convention.
Anyanwu who hails from Imo State, was a member of the 8th Senate where he represented Imo East Senatorial district under the platform of the Peoples Democratic party.
A statement issued by the National Vice Chairman of the party for South East zone, Chief Ali Odefa, said Anyanwu emerged the consensus candidate after thorough deliberation by the leaders and members of the party in the zone.
The statement issued on Friday and made available to journalists in Abakaliki said “the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Southeast zone has once again displayed its maturity and readiness to reclaim all its stolen mandates in the zone through the peaceful and united manner in which the zone arrived at a consensus in nominating an illustrious son of the zone, Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (Sam Daddy) as the zone’s sole candidate for the position of National Secretary of our great party ahead of our national convention.
“The PDP in the Southeast by this honourable and uniting act has once again put its detractors who thought that the fortunes of the party will be destabilized by the ceding of the plum position to the zone.
“The PDP in the Southeast is now more than ever prepared and ready for the task ahead.
“We are sincerely grateful to our leaders in the zone who despite their natural human differences have united and formed a common front in our avowed reclamation of the Southeast for our great party.
“Despite the desperation of political jobbers and power mongers who have adopted all manner of undemocratic moves to lure away our members, the Southeast remains a stronghold of the PDP and we assure our teeming members and supporters that our great party remains strong, firm, on ground and poised for victory as the 2023 general elections approaches.
‘You’ve failed your constituents’, Ganduje hits back at Shekarau, others
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has reacted to the petition written by a group of lawmakers led by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.
The group under the auspices of Joint Stakeholders Forum had written a petition to the APC headquarters on Wednesday, alleging that they had been sidelined despite contributing to the success of the party.
They also demanded the cancellation of the ward and local government congresses of the party.
The other signatories to the petition were Senator Barau Jibrin (Kano North); as well as House of Representative members: Sha’aban Sharada (Kano Municipal), Tijjani Jobe (Dawakin Tofa/Tofa/Rimingado), Haruna Dederi (Karaye/Rogo) and Nasiru Auduwa (Gabasawa/Gezawa); and Shehu Dalhatu, Chairman, Buhari Support Group.
But reacting to their allegations during a stakeholders’ meeting at Government House in in Kano on Thursday, the governor said it was unfortunate that leading members of the party in the state are doing disservice to the party.
He said the aggrieved group do not believe in the party structure since they rejected the party leadership from ward to state level.
“You have failed to deliver good projects to your constituents and you are facing problems then you accused me of your travails?”
“The money you are collecting in Abuja has not come down to your constituents and you’re blaming me? You’re taking me as scapegoat to your problems.
“The congress will hold and the doors are opened to all from every camp to come and contest. It is either by election or by consensus.
“Even where there are no opposing candidates, the contestant will still be subjected to voting” he said.
Earlier, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, criticised the group, saying “as far as the true stakeholders of the party is concerned, there is no crisis within the party.”
BREAKING: Iyorchia Ayu emerges consensus chairmanship candidate of PDP
Former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu has emerged the consensus chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His choice came after a marathon meeting of the Northern Caucus of the PDP held at Bauchi State Governors’ Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP had zoned the position of National Chairman to the North apart from endorsing the decision of Zoning Committee which said the current National Working Committee (NWC) positions be swapped between the North and the South.
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