Protests Turn Violent in Berkeley; 13 Arrested

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Berkeley police have asked the public to send in photos and videos of the chaotic Sunday event to help them identify people who committed crimes and engaged in violence. But police were able to head off any wider violence.

Thousands assembled in Berkeley, California on Sunday for a massive "Rally Against Hate" meant to counter an ultimately meek far-right protest, with clashes among the two groups leading to the arrests of at least ten people.

Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group, was pepper sprayed by leftist counter-protesters, an AFP photographer saw.

Will Johnson, who is African American, said he is obviously not a white supremacist and was frustrated about the use of the term in connection with Patriot Prayer and the rally.

There were 13 arrests on various charges including, assault with a deadly weapon.

However, protesters with an anarchist group arrived at the park wearing masks and hoods that covered their faces.

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There was "no need for a confrontation over a grass patch", Mr. Greenwood said. (Dan Brekke/KQED)Protesters descended on the streets of Berkeley demonstrating against the far right on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

At Alamo Square Park and elsewhere in the city, counterprotesters, who had shown out in large numbers, rallied and rejoiced.

The counter-protesters lined up and began to march down one of the city's busiest streets and neighborhoods. "We're not going to have a rally at Crissy Field", he said. Anarchists pepper-sprayed him and chased him as he backed away with his hands held in the air. 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.

Police said antifa protesters were in the city to disrupt the "Say No to Marxism in America" rally, an event by white supremacist and other far-right groups that was canceled.

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"What you're seeing is a ideal example of the systematic oppression of right-wing thought and ideology", Chapman said on Facebook Live. "You should be ashamed of yourself".

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

Gibson held a pro-Trump event in Portland, Oregon, in June that reportedly attracted "white nationalists and other far-right extremists", according to the Huffington Post.

The Police detained at least two people for wearing bandannas covering their faces. Participants carried signs condemning white supremacy, racism and hate speech. They arrested 14 people within the first few hours.

Gibson said Saturday that he was planning to organize a rally September 10 in Portland, Oregon.

Campus officials will add more police to the event than were present for the scheduled appearance of another conservative, Milo Yiannopoulos, Christ said. Civic Park for a peaceful demonstration on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. If we don't stand against the attack on free speech in Berkeley, then it won't be long before it's in my neighborhood and I have to be anxious about my political beliefs.

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