Protest Turns Violent, Bloody As Pro-Trump, Anti-Trump Camps Clash In Berkeley

BERKELEY (CBS/AP/BCN) — Trump supporters and anti-Trump activists exchanged blows and bloody noses after a protest turned violent at a park in Berkeley on Saturday.

Organizers dubbed the protest a “Patriot Day” for people who support the president. Counter-demonstrators vowed to show up.

Before the M-80s, the fist fights and the rocks, police maintained some semblance of order as the protest got underway around 10 a.m.

Their strategy was to confiscate weapons and form a line between Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters.

RAW VIDEO: Protesters Clash in Berkeley (Profanity)


 

That peace tactic worked for about an hour. That’s when protesters jumped over the police line to fight each other.

A Trump supporter was the first casualty of the day. He had blood streaming out of his face.

IMAGES: Violent, Bloody Day In Berkeley

“Well, they want to hit me with brass knuckles from my blind side, said John Beavers of Washington, his nose gushing blood.

“They hit me twice while I was down, it was sad,” said David Fry, from the same state.

Then more fights broke out in front of the officers in Civic Center Park.

READ: Organizers Of Pro-Trump Rally In Liberal Berkeley Were ‘Proud Boys’

Police began arrested people, but things soon turned into total chaos as both camps left the park and began to fight on the street. According to Berkeley Police Department, 20 people were arrested. They say more people will likely be arrested once they review videos posted on social media.

Officers were outnumbered and had to watch the fights from a distance.

The dueling rallies grew to a large mob of roughly 1500 people, fighting all over the place.

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Aside from using their fists, people threw M-80’s, rocks and bottles at each other. Others used pepper spray.

“I got pepper sprayed and hit by a bunch of sticks,” said anti-Trump activist Al Alegria of Sacramento.

Many photojournalists and reporters were caught in the middle of the chaos, and had to wear helmets to avoid getting seriously hurt. Nonetheless, some did.

Police confiscated knives, poles, helmets, sticks, eggs and other objects that could be used as weapons.

According to police, 11 people were injured an treated by paramedics. Seven were transported to local hospitals. One of them had been stabbed.

Many of the peaceful demonstrators left fearing for their own safety.

“There’s a difference between free speech and free action,” said Esfandir, an anti-Trump protester. “What we’re seeing here is action.”

A similar protest at the same park erupted in violence last March.

In February, protesters threw rocks, broke windows and set fires at UC Berkeley, where then-Breitbart News editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was set to speak. His appearance was cancelled.

Comments

One Comment

  1. My only question is; what kinda morons are supporting trump still!?

  2. Trumps brown shirts ,, they remember the good old days of hitler , Meanwhile ,Trump becomes a globalist and starts attacking the hold world with his new slogan ” America Last “

  3. lscott2005 says:

    WHITE THUGS AND GANG-BANGERS, PURE AND SIMPLE.

  4. Danny Noble says:

    Um, the globalists who are anti-Trump are the ones starting the fights, read the article where they say so – “There’s a difference between free speech and free action,” said Esfandir, an anti-Trump protester. “What we’re seeing here is action.” – those are the facistsi, not the Trump people.

    You will notice these riots occur in gun-free cities where people in wheelchairs and older people cannot protect themselves – sounds a lot like Berlin 1930s yes?

  5. Well, thanks for reporting lies. The Antifa, domestic terrorists were the ones who came armed with M 80s and pepper spray. Not to mention rocks and bricks and eggs and sticks. You are the lying MSM so what can we expect? If you won’t report the truth then you are part of the problem. The Patriots were keeping the Antifa terrorists from blocking traffic. The Patriots didn’t destroy property. The Patriots stood up for themselves and all real Americans.Next time you cover a story, try putting some truth into it.

  6. Allan Dooley says:

    This is the WORST coverage of the brawl far left communist ANTIFA started. The police disarmed all the Trump supporters while ANTIFA stood outside the park. When the Antifa’s black Bloc entered the park in force the Police disappeared. Antifa brought sticks, bombs and weapons, it was the extreme LEFT that maced people. Trump supporters were disarmed got sick of these violent thugs that always show up. After Antifa got routed and fled the street the police decided to act and came in to clean up who ever was left. I never thought the media was too biased, but this proves it for me. The reporting here isn’t even accurate. Go watch some of the video from the ground. It’s all over youTube. Learn the truth and avoid this BS.

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