‘Civil war’ as armed militias clash with activists on American streets

A chaotic video shows different armed militias "standing guard" in Louiseville in Kentucky, US.

In the clip, militiamen in camouflage gear and helmets hold up automatic weapons.

They chant "USA! USA!" as they march through the city centre.

The city has seen more than 100 days of protest following the police shooting of unarmed black woman Breanna Taylor who was sleeping in her home when she was killed.

Police were conducting a drug raid but no narcotics were found at the healthcare worker's apartment.

At the protest, a heavily-armed man called "Angry Viking" tells reporters from ITV that he is only there to give "dialogue" with Black Lives Matter protesters.

"We're here just to protect the building, that's it," he says

"And we're here to do this – meet and talk."

But some BLM protesters say that the armed militias are only there to antagonise them as they continue to protest for Breanna's shooters to be arrested.

There's also fears that the posturing will soon turn into real violence.

One BLM protester says: "People are going to die, bro. I don't know who but people are going to die."

This comes after two men, Anthony Huber and Joseph "JoJo" Rosenbaum, were shot dead at close range during protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month.

The accused gunman, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, was seen at the rally with an AR-15 rifle.

Rittenhouse was trying to "deter property damage and use his training to provide first aid to injured community members”, according to his lawyers.

The two men he is accused of killing were not armed, but Huber tried to use his skateboard to disarm him, according to local reports.

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