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Proud Boys leader arrested after Black Lives Matter banner was set on fire

By Nick Hardinges, LBC

Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio has been arrested in Washington DC on suspicion of burning a Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag last month.

The banner was torn down from a historic church in downtown Washington during a pro-Trump rally that ended in violent clashes between the group and BLM supporters.

Police arrested Mr Tarrio, 36, after he arrived in the capital ahead of planned demonstrations by Donald Trump supporters in response to the congressional vote expected on Wednesday to affirm Joe Biden’s election victory.

The far-right activist was taken into custody by the city’s Metropolitan Police Department after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the destruction of property.

Mr Tarrio is also facing weapons charges after he was found with two high-capacity firearm magazines upon his arrest, a police spokesman said.

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