'Antifa' activists violently disrupt right-wing rally in Berkeley

Posted August 29, 2017

A mostly peaceful demonstration turned violent in Berkeley, Calif., when left-wing counter-protesters clashed with right-wing protesters and Trump supporters on Sunday.

Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson said he cancelled the rally so that no innocent people would get hurt, but he blamed the left wing for the cancellation and accused counter demonstrators of dogging the group all day so that they could not meet anywhere in and around the city.

Protesters confront San Francisco Police officers outside of Alamo Square Park in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Paramedics treated six people and transported two of them to hospitals, police said.

It was not immediately clear if anarchists were among those arrested.

There was "no need for a confrontation over a grass patch", Mr. Greenwood said.

Several hours later, the demonstration broke up without any further incidents.

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Earlier Sunday morning, downtown had been quiet, with more police officers than civilians on hand at the park.

Anti-racist protesters march through the streets of San Francisco.

By mid-afternoon Ms. Cummings had not appeared and left-wing protesters far outnumbered right-wing supporters. "We're not going to have a rally at Crissy Field", he said.

Gibson, who attended the Berkeley demonstration Sunday, was seen on video running away from a mob and being attacked with orange pepper spray. At the same time, a strong contingent of riot-ready police officers from Berkeley and other local agencies set up lines to keep the two sides from fighting.

"Right now, this is victory", protester Benjamin Sierra told The Associated Press.

"You are an immigrant", Karla Fonseca said.

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Police had to break a screaming match between a Trump supporter and a counter protester who was in his face.

The California demonstrations took place only two weeks after a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in tragedy, as a vehicle rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman.

Hundreds of anti-hate protesters showed up to Alamo Square in the city's Western Addition neighborhood, where Gibson had planned to hold an impromptu news conference in lieu of the planned rally. The Chronicle reported that some participants carried "signs reading 'Berkeley stands united against hate, ' 'Queers against hate, ' and 'End white supremacy, '" while others handed out "no hate" shields.

Gibson of Patriot Prayer canceled his Saturday event, citing safety. They assaulted at least four people by punching and kicking them.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said there was one arrest Saturday for public intoxication.

Faced by extremists who were intent to fight, the Berkeley Police Department made the right call to deescalate the situation.

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