Attorney General Bill Barr said on Thursday that "extremist agitators" have incited violence at the protests taking place around the country.
"We have evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity," Barr said at a Thursday press conference. "We are also seeing foreign actors playing all sides to exacerbate the violence."
The attorney general said earlier this week that the Department of Justice had gathered evidence showing Antifa and "foreign actors" were responsible for inciting violence at protests over the death of George Floyd.
"There are some groups that don't have a particular ideology, other than anarchy and there's some groups that want to bring about a civil war," Barr said. "... So we are dealing with, as I say, a witch's brew of a lot of different extremist organizations."
Barr said there are three groups currently at the protests: peaceful demonstrators, looters, and "extremist agitators who are hijacking the protests to pursue their own separate and violent agenda."
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