Berkeley Pro-Trump Rally Cancelled, Violence Still Breaks Out

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

More than a dozen protesters were arrested Sunday during confrontations that broke out amid largely peaceful protests in Berkeley, California, authorities said.

Civic Park on Sunday to voice their opposition to racism and condemn President Donald Trump's divisive response to the Charlottesville violence, where a white supremacist killed one protester and injured many others by smashing his vehicle into them. Officials reportedly denied the Trump supporters a permit to access the Martin Luther King Civic Center Park for their protest in a letter, which cited several reasons behind the rejection.

Police reported 14 arrests for violating the city's emergency rules by wearing masks and bringing potential weapons inside a demonstration area. Many black-clad anarchist demonstrators wear masks at protests to hide their identities. Many other congregations around the Bay, from Sonoma to Oakland to San Mateo, also met to raise their voices against the planned rallies and everything they represented, according to the report.

I applaud the more than 7,000 people who came out today to peacefully oppose bigotry, hatred and racism that we saw on display in Charlottesville.

Anti-rally protesters were chanting slogans like "No Trump".

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As protesters chanted "No Trump, No KKK, No fascist US", conservative rally organisers showed their support for President Donald Trump. Civic Center Park as police grappled with controlling the crowd and keeping the peace.

Police eventually arrested about ten people by the time the rally came to an end.

The left-wing protesters surrounded the small number of right-wing supporters, then shouted at them and pushed them. But there was no violence, and police officers worked to get between the two groups.

San Francisco's mayor said Saturday's protests against a right-wing "freedom rally" that never happened were peaceful celebrations of love. At least two people were detained by officers for wearing bandannas covering their faces. They gave impassioned speeches, they played music and they showed that Berkeley and the Bay Area will always stand for tolerance, diversity and justice.

Protesters calling for a rally against hate started the day in Berkeley, but it also drew counter protesters and extremists. On Friday, as he canceled his rally, he announced he would still convene a press conference at 2 p.m. Saturday in San Francisco's Alamo Square Park.