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Several arrested as clashes break out during Berkeley protests

Several arrested as clashes break out during Berkeley protests

Some of the 7,000 counter-protesters confronted a small group of "alt-right" protesters who had originally meant to gather for a "Say No to Marxism in America" rally that was called off two days earlier, the Daily Californian reports. Police used some pepper-spray to defend the building.

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

Counter-protesters jumped over barricades into the park after police abandoned the area in the face of hundreds of counter-protesters, including a large black bloc.

At least one of the people detained had violated the no-mask rule, according to the local station KCRA.

The 13 people arrested in the melee face a variety of charges, including battery, vandalism, assault with a deadly weapon and felony assault. Police in the area prepared for potential clashes amongst opposing groups by blocking off West Crescent park, which sits on the Berkeley campus, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Anti-rally protesters chanted slogans "No Trump".

Some downtown Berkeley stores were already boarded up early Sunday morning, as property owners anxious about vandalism.

"It's the least I can do", said Chandra, a 40-year-old Hayes Street resident who lives near the park and was handing out cups of water to anti-hate demonstrators on a hot and sunny San Francisco day.

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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 SPLC does not list Patriot Prayer as a hate group.

Mr. Gibson, who is half-Asian, had also denied any link to white nationalists or neo-Nazis after House Minority Nancy Pelosi called his event a "white supremacist rally".

"It would have been a huge riot", he said at a press conference.

However, the violence in Charlottesville led San Francisco area police and civil leaders to rethink their response to protests. "We're here in the middle of nowhere because we don't want the violence", he said.

Sunday's events follows rowdy protests in San Francisco Saturday. On his Facebook page, Gibson called the Crissy Field event "100% a setup".

But counter protestors and Trump supporters still showed up at the park.

This video shot by Reveal's Al Letson shows Joey Gibson being chased by the mob and pepper sprayed at the Berkeley protest. "While I personally hold strictly to the principles of non-violence, I have never been able to say that antifa is necessarily wrong that Fascism may need to be confronted differently", he writes.

"Anytime we show we're not going to hide and that we are united for an America that doesn't tolerate hate, this is absolutely a victory", Andrea Smith of Santa Clara, Calif. told NPR's Eric Westervelt.


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