Arrests Made: Protesters Clash in Berkeley

Arrests Made: Protesters Clash in Berkeley

Police have set up barricades in a downtown Berkeley park in preparation for possible demonstrations by right-wing and left-wing groups.

Arrests, pepper spray and smoke bombs disrupted a protest in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday when violence broke out between groups of protesters.

KPIX 5 cameras captured Trump supporters being chased out of Berkeley as well as skirmishes between so-called anti-fascists groups and right-wing demonstrator when Sunday's peaceful counter-protest against racism turned violent.

Hundreds of counter protesters began marching on Saturday morning in Alamo Square Park, continuing until the afternoon, according to reports.

At least 13 people were arrested on charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to violations of the city code.

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An anti-hate rally was disrupted when scores of anarchists wearing black clothing and masks stormed the demonstration in Berkeley and attacked several supporters of President Donald Trump. Unlike many groups on the right and left, antifa doesn't publicly eschew violence but instead sanctions it as self-defense against white supremacists and, in many cases, police trying to maintain order at rallies, marches, and protests. "At the end of the day, we want people to be safe".

Counter protesters chanted, "No Trump, no KKK, no racist U.S.".

Police had to break a screaming match between a Trump supporter and a counter protester who was in his face. Civic Center Park starting around noon.

Gibson abruptly canceled the San Francisco rally, originally permitted to be held at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge. He blamed San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whose district includes the city, for categorizing the group as white extremist and raising tensions.

"In light of all the violent threats taking place and the past history of police being ordered to stand down at Prior Rallies in Berkeley this gives me grave concerns for the safety of the people attending my event", Cummings wrote.

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Other Trump supporters say they came to the park even though the original protest was cancelled because they wanted a space to express their opinions.

A protest against a far-right rally gathers near UC Berkeley on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. The right-wing protesters sought protection from police and were escorted away.

According to local news sources, at least 10 people were arrested for violating rules against covering the face or carrying banned items.

Despite the cancellation, counter-demonstration organizers chose to proceed with the "Rally Against Hate".

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