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Fireworks Tossed At Restaurant-Goers As Unrest Breaks Out In D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Black Lives Matter protesters hold shields as they stand next to a small fire during a protest following the “Million MAGA March” from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court, on November 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gathered to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
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The Million MAGA March in Washington, D.C., has given way to unrest and violence from left-wing demonstrators, with video clips circulating online showing at least two different restaurants getting attacked with fireworks while patrons stand on the patio.

Video posted by NBC News reporter Shamari Stone shows a group of people crowding around several patrons, who Stone identifies as Trump supporters, at PJ Clark’s restaurant, two blocks from the White House. Moments later, someone in the crowd tosses a firework toward the restaurant, and it subsequently explodes on the patio.

Daily Caller journalist Shelby Talcott reported that “everyone ran inside and workers locked the door” after the firework exploded. A different video of the scene, posted by TownHall editor Julio Rosas, shows someone from the crowd throwing a bottle at the people on the patio, as well as a firework exploding in front of a couple standing by their dinner table.

Video from a separate location — which some have identified as the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, only a block from the White House — shows a black-clad man tossing a firework toward a group of people on what appears to be the hotel’s restaurant patio. The group flees into the building after it explodes, one of the men doing so while holding an American flag.

A video of a separate altercation from the same area shows a small group of people dressed in black shoving a different man holding an American flag before they forcibly take it from him and proceed to beat him with it.

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