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In Washington DC, a diner is tormented by Black Lives Matter mob for refusing to raise her fist. Isn't this how Nazi fascism began?

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The footage could hardly be more chilling, like something from the wilder fringes of Hollywood's dystopian imagination.

A woman sits at a table, recoiling in fear. She is penned in, surrounded by a mob of masked men and women, their clenched fists raised menacingly in the air.

Again and again the rhythmic chants go up: 'White silence is violence! No justice, no peace!' The woman shrinks further back in her chair. The mob moves in. Some of them lean into her face. They stand over her, fists raised, shrieking and shouting, demanding that she too raises her arm in salute.

On and on it goes. Nobody comes to her defence. It's an awful scene, reminiscent of the street scenes in Germany in the spring of 1933, when Nazi thugs demanded that ordinary people raise their arms in homage to Hitler.

But this is not Germany in 1933, and neither is it some overwrought science-fiction vision of the future. This was Washington DC, one of the great capitals of the democratic West, just two days ago.

The woman's name was Lauren Victor, and her crime was to have been spotted having dinner outside a Washington restaurant. The mob were, inevitably, Black Lives Matter protesters, roaming the streets of the US capital during their latest demonstrations about alleged police brutality towards black Americans.

According to an appalled reporter from the Washington Post, the predominantly white activists were trying to force ordinary diners to raise their fists and join in with their chants. Miss Victor, an urban planner, said no.

Ironically, it turns out she had previously been on Black Lives Matter marches herself, but now she just wanted to have her dinner in peace. 'It didn't feel right,' she said afterwards, adding that she felt 'under attack'.

That seems a remarkably understated way of putting it. I wonder how many of us, in Miss Victor's shoes, would show the same grace and guts under such horrendous pressure. In almost every detail, it's a scene that turns your stomach.

The snarls of aggression and ritual chanting are nothing new. Neither is the hysterical, bullying tone of the protesters.

But the facemasks give the episode a deeply sinister feel. So do the ubiquitous camera phones, held up as if the protesters are recording Miss Victor's non-compliance for some future show........

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