A photojournalist was violently attacked by a man who is believed to be a member of the Proud Boys, a far-right group recently labeled as an extremist organization by the FBI, while covering Saturday’s small pro-Trump march.
Thousands of Donald Trump supporters turned out in Washington D.C. to back the president’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the US election. Flag-carrying demonstrators were joined by members of far-right extremists including neo-fascists, white nationalists and militia members, some wearing helmets and bullet-proof vests.
Ostap Yarysh. a journalist at the Ukrainian service of VOANews, shared a video of the attack on Saturday while covering the protests.
The video begins with dozens of members of the Proud Boys group chanting “The Media Sucks” while marching in Washington D.C.
The video then cuts to a baldheaded member of the group violently punching a photojournalist in the head. A camera is visible in the journalist’s hand.
“Back the fu-k up, get the fu-k out of here!” another Proud Boys member can be heard yelling at the journalist after the attack.
“Why are you hitting me? What the fu-k is wrong with you?” the injured journalist yells out.
“After chanting ‘The media sucks’, one of the Proud Boys attacked an independent journalist who was filming the march. He was standing just next to me. Watch the video Down pointing backhand index,” Yarysh tweeted while sharing a video of the unprovoked attack.
After chanting "The media sucks", one of the Proud Boys attacked an independent journalist who was filming the march. He was standing just next to me. Watch the video 👇🏻#MarchForTrump #MillionMAGAMarch2020 #ProudBoys #MAGAMillionMarch #DC pic.twitter.com/Yo7N6NEOUA
— Ostap Yarysh (@OstapYarysh) November 15, 2020
The video was later shared by FranceNews24.
⚡️ VIDEO CHOC / #EtatsUnis : Un photographe violement attaqué hier par des partisans de #DonaldTrump très hostiles aux médias lors du rassemblement d'hier à #WashingtonDC. (🎥@OstapYarysh) #Elections2020 #Election2020 #TrumpIsLosing #StopTheSteaI #MAGAMillionMarch #ProudBoys pic.twitter.com/8URlyUmSW5
— FranceNews24 (@FranceNews24) November 15, 2020