EXCLUSIVE: AAN reporters were on the scene in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for a BLM/Antifa rally. Many expected the radical left-wing protesters to wreak havoc throughout the town.
The screenshot below was the flyer for the event.
However, what we saw was much different. Locals showed up en masse and outnumbered the protesters. They heckled them with “back the blue” chants and the left-wing agitators peacefully retreated.
BLM protesters gathered at Hurkamp Park in Fredericksburg around 5 p.m. on Friday to march in the streets. Fortunately, a heavy presence of Trump-supporting locals deterred the protesters from resorting to violent acts.
BLM and Antifa-suspected cars were circling the downtown streets, maneuvering a “chase and scout” strategy. Some protesters had radios and were communicating with people in the vehicles. Hand signals such as the hang-loose sign were shown to signal one another across the street.
A tall, bearded man was even armed with a gun visibly at his hip while he directed the protests. It appeared that he was ‘calling the shots’ as he utilized his radio and hand-signals. Sources and online photos have matched this protester from footage in Portland and around the country.
As BLM marched, local freedom-loving patriots yelled out their car windows colorful words and harsh exchanges. One local yelled at a man walking on the sidewalk, “Are you Antifa? Why are you wearing a mask?” He drove away with his middle finger up.
Two local ministers were seen walking in the protest with their hands folded and grasping a Bible.
A local man stood on a downtown corner, waving an American flag as cars drove by and honked. The man pictured below is Kenneth Berkley, a retired hardwood floor businessman who loves God, freedom, and country.
“This is a really old, historic town, and I would hate to see it burned to the ground,” Berkley said.
While Berkley talked to AAN reporters during a five-minute window, three men in pick-up trucks drove by with American flags. One man yelled, “Are you guys, patriots? Come to the top of the hill. We need y’all.”
The small town 50 miles outside of D.C. had a previous protest in June that led to several arrests, rubber bullets fired, tear gas deployed, a police station firebombed, and several businesses vandalized, including Corky’s Military and Police store.
Corky’s owner, Graham, told AAN that he had a few of his close friends watching the store back in June when three suspected Antifa-affiliated males broke the glass on his front door in an attempt to rob him. The three intruders were met with guns drawn inside the store. Luckily, the only casualty was Graham’s front door, but other business owners weren’t so fortunate.
Waller & Co. Jewelry store — a 120-year-old, black-owned business — was ransacked in June. This time around, two security guards watched as protesters marched past.
The protest started at 4:30 p.m. at Hurkamp Park and ended at 7 p.m. The march was peaceful, and protesters dispersed soon afterward.
This rally went far differently than the one in June. Locals banded together and outnumbered the protesters. They heckled them with “back the blue” chants and the left-wing agitators peacefully retreated.