Extreme far-left domestic terror group Antifa clashed with police Saturday after attempting to disrupt a “Demand Free Speech” rally on Saturday in Washington, D.C., according to reports.
Conservative speakers addressing Saturday’s free-speech gathering in D.C. included Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes and writers Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopolous.
Several members of the extreme far-left group were seen trying to grab “Make America Great Again” hats off the heads of supporters of President Trump, the Washington Times reports.
Black Lives Matter D.C. also attended, the Washington Post reported.
A “massive” group of District of Columbia police officers was assigned to the ‘Demand Free Speech’ rally in an effort to prevent violence, according to the Post.
Police had broken up at least one direct clash between the conservative Proud Boys group and members of Antifa, according to the Post. Afterward, police worked to keep the two sides apart, the report said.
Antifa members were seen dragging objects into the street to impede traffic in the rally area, the Times reported.
No arrests were made, District police Chief Peter Newsham said.
According to the Washington Post, police said they wanted to avoid a situation similar to last month’s violence in Portland, Ore., that prompted that city’s police to use tear gas against demonstrators.
On Wednesday, former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Fox News that he believes Antifa should be declared a domestic terror organization.
“This is an extremely violent group that goes out, threatens, intimidates, attacks with extreme violence for political reasons,” Kerik said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
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