Giovedi, 23 Novembre, 2017

Berkeley Police Arrest 13 as Anarchists Storm Right-Wing Event

After Peaceful Demonstration in San Francisco, Second Counter-Protest Expected in Berkeley 4000 gather in Downtown Berkeley for alt-right rally, police arrest 7
Parmenio Sano | 28 Agosto, 2017, 16:11

(Sheraz Shadiq/KQED) Berkeley Police stand on the lawn next to Berkeley City Hall as they are confronted by protesters demonstrating against the far right on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

The number of arrests was revised down from 14, previously suggested by the police. "If near Civic Center Park, leave immediately". Ultimately, event organizer Joey Gibson felt it necessary to cancel the event, due to what he said were concerns for the safety of his invitees. (Dan Brekke/KQED)John Conner, a second year resident at the San Francisco General Hospital, attended the Berkeley protests, where he treated five people sprayed with pepper spray.

About 1:30 p.m., police abandoned the security line at the Center Street and Milvia Street entrance to Civic Center Park, at which point protesters in the area stormed the park.

Thousands of people held a "Rally Against Hate" in response to a planned right-wing protest that never got off the ground. Some protesters set off purple smoke bombs.

Cummings vocalized her opposition towards hate groups in her events Facebook page, unlike other free speech rally organizers.

"Berkeley right now is tinderbox ready to explode", Cummings said in a Facebook message to the Bay Area News Group on Sunday morning. Sunday's rally was to be the provocatively titled "No to Marxism in America", seemingly created to needle Berkeley's famously liberal populace. Eventually, the AntiFa legions marched to nearby Ohlone Park, for a sort of victory celebration. "If we're too afraid to come out, that's playing right into their hands".


The skirmish was tense but ended quickly.

A group of activists surrounded a man who was holding a sign reading "God Bless Donald Trump" and chanted: "Not my president". Some were escorted out by police to avoid conflict. The newspaper reported that what began as a mostly peaceful gathering "erupted in chaos" as "hundreds of black-clad demonstrators ran from the park screaming in various directions down city streets".

Police said helmets and masks of any kind, including gas masks, are prohibited. Then the group blended in with the rest of the crowd.

At about 11:50 a.m., police led a handcuffed man in a yellow T-shirt out of Civic Center park. They assaulted at least four people by punching and kicking them.

His rallies in Portland and Seattle have attracted members of white-nationalist groups like Identity Evropa, which Mr. Gibson said he has tried to discourage.

Police in riot gear fired a rubber bullet at one demonstrator who attempted to cross a barricade into the park, which was closed to the public, but later opened. Six people suffered injuries, including two who were hospitalized, and one officer was injured while making an arrest and several others were hit with paint.

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