Berkley Protest Turns Violent, 'Antifa' Protesters Attack Trump Supporters


"Moments before, they had jumped barriers and entered the police-guarded park".

Berkeley police detained multiple people who were caught covering their faces, despite being told no masks were permitted. The rally resulted in at least 13 arrests-ranging from charges of assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing a police officer, and municipal code violations, the Washington Post reported.

"I'm not safe to walk down the road with an American flag in this county", she said to reporters in Berkeley last week, her face covered with a bandana to make a point about masked anti-fascist members.

Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group, was pepper sprayed by leftist counter-protesters, an AFP photographer saw. Scott Wiener, a liberal anti-Trump Democrat, released a statement calling it "an illegal unpermitted rally".

Counterprotesters arrived Saturday morning prepared to rebuke their opponents with signs and slogans.

Hundreds of people opposing a right-wing gathering have held protests in the USA city of San Francisco to condemn white supremacists and bigotry.

San Francisco police announced Saturday afternoon that they had seen no major incidents and made only one arrest.

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The flowers send a message of love and positivity to counter the hateful rhetoric of right-wing groups, Bolt said.

The march was part of the Bay Area Rally Against Hate Rally.

Some of the protesters who had gathered to protest against hate and white supremacists expressed shock at the violent turn of events.

Donning purple capes and pointy hats, the witches formed a circle and cast anti-racist spells, including: "Eye of newt and toe of frog, free the air of racist smog!" She argued that hate speech should be more restricted in the United States, as it is in Germany. "At the end of the day, we want people to be safe".

Gibson Friday cancelled the so-called Freedom Rally over fears of a "huge riot", saying the group would instead hold a press conference on Saturday in Alamo Square Park. On his Facebook page, Gibson called the Crissy Field event "100% a setup".

The event took place blocks away from University of California's Berkeley campus. The SFGate reported he was handcuffed after being chased by a mob of demonstrators who took swings at him and pepper sprayed him.

More than 1,000 people filled almost every seat at Congregation Emanu-El, with people from other synagogues and faith communities joining the Interfaith Gathering Against Hate. In all, there were an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 protesters-the vast majority of whom were there to demonstrate against white supremacists and far-right members who started the day with an "anti-Marxism" rally.