Protest turns violent as left and right-wing groups clash

Protest turns violent as left and right-wing groups clash

Protest turns violent as left and right-wing groups clash

According to the Associated Press, roughly 100 "black-clad anarchists" broke through police lines surrounding the park and closed in on the far right-wing rally attendees.

A small group of anarchists dressed in black clothing and wearing masks attacked a tiny group of right-wing demonstrators who had gathered in a Berkeley park on Saturday and beat up at least four of them.

Several violent incidents, including assaults on protesters, were reported throughout the day. An AP reporter witnessed the assaults. Overall police say the level of violence was nowhere near what they've seen in the past, they made 13 arrests, six people were hurt and two were sent to the hospital. Civic Park on Sunday to voice their opposition to racism and condemn President Donald Trump's divisive response to the Charlottesville violence, where a white supremacist killed one protester and injured many others by smashing his auto into them.

At least 10 people were arrested for "various violations" during the events, Berkeley police said. Police responded by setting off smoke bombs and targeting anarchists with tear gas. "Fighting hate with hate does not work and only makes each side more entrenched in their ideological camps".

After the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Berkeley police were out in full force, cracking down on anyone looking to incite violence. Portland, Oregon, has been the scene of street battles between antifa and white nationalists this summer.

Chaos soon erupted and was captured on social media.

Tensions ran high among a beefed up police presence and the appearance of counter protesters.

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About 400 officers had placed barricades around the park and screened everyone entering the area for weapons. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif., was also canceled after the event was never granted a permit.

Campus police chose to block off the area and limit access, something UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said is about protecting people. In a video he posted on Patriot Prayer's Facebook page, Gibson said he is a person of colour and so if he was in favour of white nationalism "I'd have to punch myself in the face".

Sunday's events follows rowdy protests in San Francisco Saturday. I'm Latino. The lady throwing this event is a transwoman and they're still trying to portray her as a white supremacist.

His group called off a "free speech" rally in San Francisco a day earlier amid plans for counter-protests, including one involving dog poop.

"It doesn't seem safe, a lot of people's lives are going to be in danger tomorrow", he said during an interview with Unite America First.

Attention shifted to Sunday's "No to Marxism in America" event. (Sheraz Sadiq/KQED) Marco Gutierrez, a Donald Trump supporter, argues about immigration issues with a crowd of people protesting the far right in Berkeley on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. In an effort to ensure safety on campus and during the demonstration, police have released a list of items that are prohibited at the gathering for those who do attend. 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. She, like others had turned out with neighbors for a peaceful rally but left when things got ugly.

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