Black-Clad Antifa Attack Peaceful Berkeley Rally, Ignite Furor on Social Media

Fearing Antifa 'Mayhem,' Berkeley Mayor Wants 'Free Speech Week' Canceled for UC Conservatives

Left and right-wing groups were protesting in Berkeley on Sunday after a planned anti-Marxism demonstration was cancelled due to safety concerns.

Earlier in the day, police had set up barricades around park and checked people who entered to make sure they did not have prohibited items like baseball bats, dogs, skateboards and scarves or bandanas they could use to cover their faces. Berkeley police have attempted to control the crowds and avoid violence by cordoning off Martin Luther King Jr.

At least five people were attacked during the violence, according to the Associated Press. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said Saturday that police made a single arrest for public intoxication during demonstrations organized by left-wing groups. They were wearing black masks as they staged a brief standoff with a phalanx of police officers from Berkeley, Fremont and other law enforcement agencies. The organizer for the right-wing group canceled it, citing concerns that counter protesters would make it hard to hold. (Eli Wirtschafter/KQED)"Since Charlottesville, it became clear to a huge number of people that Nazis and fascists were going to be coming to Berkeley".

Counter protesters chanted, "No Trump, no KKK, no racist United States of America".

Several other people also yelled at the man, who said he was born in Mexico but supports Mr. Trump's proposal to build a wall along the southern border. The SFGate reported they were quickly swept up by officers inside Civic Center Park.

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Gibson abruptly canceled the San Francisco rally, originally permitted to be held at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials installed white concrete dividers around the park late Saturday night, said Berkeley resident Jef Poskanzer, who attended the protests despite warnings from police who urged people to stay away.

Sunday's so-called "anti-Marxist" rally in Berkeley was officially canceled, but that didn't stop thousands of protesters on both sides from showing up.

August 28: Skirmishes erupted in California's Berkeley after several dozen of left-wing protesters surrounded and shouted at a handful of right-wing demonstrators. By 12:30 p.m., there were 500 to 1,000 anti-hate protesters in the downtown area, compared to only a dozen or two far-right demonstrators and white supremacists. 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.

"Move back!" a police officer shouts at protesters. People at the park are also not allowed to cover their faces with scarves or bandanas. Civic Park for a peaceful demonstration on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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