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DC Protesters Burn American Flag, Chant ‘America Was Never Great' on July 4th

NBC Washington D.C. logo NBC Washington D.C. 7/5/2020 Gina Cook
a group of people standing around a fire: Anti-Trump activists burns a U.S. flag at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House July 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Anti-Trump activists rallied on Independence Day to voice their disapproval of President Trump’s handling in the wake of the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) © Getty Images

Anti-Trump activists burns a U.S. flag at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House July 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Anti-Trump activists rallied on Independence Day to voice their disapproval of President Trump’s handling in the wake of the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A group of protesters in D.C. burned an American flag on Black Lives Matter Plaza Saturday.

WTOP's Alejandro Alvarez reports some protesters tried to stop a group called RevCom, short for Revolutionary Communist Party, from burning a few small American flags.

After some arguments, the group managed to get a larger flag and set it on fire outside Lafayette Square to chants of “slavery, genocide and war — America was never great,” Alvarez reports.

Hundreds of protesters marched from Black Lives Matter Plaza to the National Mall, where there were tense moments between protesters and supporters of President Donald Trump.

"Riot police confronting protesters on the National Mall — fully geared up with batons, shields and all — while fireworks boom in the sky with patriotic music blaring might be the ultimate snapshot of where we are as a country right now," Alvarez tweeted.

In Baltimore, a group brought down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the Inner Harbor.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates to this developing story.

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