Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has been completely silent over a violent weekend in the capital city. The violence began Saturday evening after thousands of Trump supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, demanding that allegations of voter fraud this election be investigated fully. Most of the agitators appeared to be members of anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter groups that advanced on city streets as the sun went down Saturday.
Prior to the march, on Friday, Bowser tweeted from her official account that “Washington, DC is a city that proudly upholds the values of love, inclusivity, and diversity.”
She added that “we will always support each other against any forces of ignorance and bigotry that seek to divide us. Regardless of who comes into our community, this weekend and every weekend, Washingtonians will be #UnitedtoLove.”
Mayor Bowser also retweeted a tweet Friday from her personal public account that read, “Police remind protestors coming to DC this weekend you can not open carry a gun anywhere in Washington DC and even if you have a concealed carry permit FOR DC you still can not carry around the demonstrations area.”
However, Mayor Bowser has yet to make any official statements after the violence ensued and hasn’t responded to this reporter’s multiple requests for comment. She did not comment on the anti-fascist groups, nor those claiming to be BLM that targeted Trump supporters in her city.
The group of Trump supporters, dubbed the ‘Million MAGA March’, appeared to be peacefully expressing their first amendment rights, according to Sara A. Carter, who spent most of Saturday afternoon reporting the event on social media.
“For the most part, people were frustrated and demanded that the allegations that the election was rigged be investigated,” she said. “After four years of watching the leftist socialists, Democrats, Rhinos and media target President Trump they felt it was their obligation to come and support him at this time.They did so peacefully and it wasn’t until groups that associated themselves with Antifa, BLM and others started targeting Trump supporters did the situation turn for the worst.”
As the sun went down, counterprotesters took to the streets, including antifascist groups and Black Lives Matter activists. Several reporters were on the scene and documented the violent attacks, most of them appeared to be targeting visible Trump supporters.
Carter added, “I had already left by that time because I was with my family but I thought it was important that I be with some of the 73 million people that supported the president – the most ever that voted for a Republican Party candidate. That says a lot and it was clear that the American people who voted for him were not going to accept these results without a fight.”
Here are some videos of the violent exchanges that occurred Saturday night:
This story will be updated if and when Mayor Bowser responds to our request for comment.
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The Tate Brothers and Associates Face Human Trafficking Charges in Romania
In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.
The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.
The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.
Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.
While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.
Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.
As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”
They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.
However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.
Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.
Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.
As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.
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