Antifa protesters wearing helmets and shields marched through the streets of Manhattan on Sunday fearing further political violence following the deadly mob attack by Donald Trump supporters last week at the Capitol.
Dozens of protesters marched across Times Square in New York City, at least one waving a Black Lives Matter flag and another wearing a replica police uniform with a pig's head.
A woman held a sign that read, “Trump Lost! Fascists out! & # 39; and "Trump / Pence Out Now" amid demands that the president be charged a second time for instigating the Capitol riot.
While the march appeared mostly peaceful, one Trump supporter claimed she was "attacked" by protesters who allegedly attacked and harassed her with an umbrella while she was trying to film the protest.
An Antifa group in New York claimed the march was an "anti-fascist victory" after some Trump supporters challenged themselves and said "MAGA and the Proud Boys did not show up because we mobilized".
Fear of renewed violence has led social media giants to crackdown on Trump and some of his supporters. Last week's siege has raised concerns about what happened next week's inauguration of Biden.
Trump supporters are feared to target Biden's inauguration for more violence, and there are plans for a "millionaire militia march" across the country to reiterate their discredited claims that the election was "stolen" from Trump.
March: Antifa protesters wearing helmets and shields march through Times Square on Sunday to protest after Donald Trump resigned or was removed after last week's violence at the Capitol
Show of force: The black-clad protesters marched through the streets of New York City to protest what they called an "anti-fascist victory" because the rivals of MAGA and Proud Boys did not show up
Face to face: A protester wearing a replica police uniform and a pig's head holds a microphone against an NYPD officer on a bicycle during Sunday's Antifa protest in Manhattan
The New York protest came a day after clashes between Trump supporters and antifa protesters in San Diego, where stones, bottles and eggs were thrown at the police during a rally declared illegal.
TV footage showed black-clad Antifa protesters tossing a folding chair and spraying a chemical irritant on another group of people on the Pacific Beach boardwalk.
In Washington, the Capitol was surrounded by fences after the Trump-backing mob overran the scaffolding erected before Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.
The inauguration has already been scaled back due to the pandemic and is a little more unusual as Trump will not be there to see his successor take the oath.
A number of groups have petitioned the National Park Service to protest the inauguration, including a group called "Let's Roar for Trump," which wants to "support our president."
In November, the leader of the extremist Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, vowed to send his members disguised as Biden supporters to the inauguration to sow chaos.
However, with Tarrio banned from DC for six months on bail and federal agencies seeking other members in connection with Wednesday's attack, it was unclear whether those plans are still in place
Face to face: A protester lowered his mask to harass a police officer during Sunday's protest. This is being done for fear of further political violence ahead of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' inauguration on January 20th
Equipped: The Antifa demonstrators brought helmets, protective goggles and suitable protective shields to their march on Sunday, some of which wore Black Lives Matter utensils
Protest: A man with a purple ski mask pulled an American flag over a pedestrian crossing on Sunday march
The Mayor of Washington has asked for more security in connection with the inauguration, amid concerns that right-wing extremists are planning further violence.
More than 6,000 members of the National Guard from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland will assist the Capitol Police and other Washington law enforcement agencies for the next 30 days.
The Secret Service, along with other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, is also overseeing the security of the event.
Biden told reporters on Friday that he had "great confidence" in the secret service and their ability to ensure the inauguration "goes safely."
On the streets: A New York anti-fascist group praised the shield-bearing protesters who "emerged, protected each other, marched, played music, sang and showed the world that the far-right party is never welcome here".
Masked protesters carried a banner reading "United Against Racism and Fascism, NYC" past a Barclays building in Manhattan
WASHINGTON: The Capitol will be seen through a fence amid increased security on the Sunday before next week's inauguration