Intermittent violence breaks out amongst peaceful protests at MLK park

  • Intermittent violence breaks out amongst peaceful protests at MLK park

Intermittent violence breaks out amongst peaceful protests at MLK park

But he was not wrong to call out both sides. The June 2016 melee between about 30 members of a neo-Nazi group and 300 counter-protesters ended with 14 people suffering stab wounds, cuts and bruises.

The organizers behind Saturday's scuttled events later decried the political left and the media for unfairly labeling them racists and undermining the demonstration.

Despite the isolated violent incidents, witnesses belied the idea that the Sunday's protest was largely violent.

One officer and six others were injured; two people were taken to hospital.

Gibson's demonstration in San Francisco on Saturday was canceled amidst threats of violence and efforts by authorities to make it more hard for Patriot Prayer to hold their event.

This pattern - police coming and then leaving, Trump supporters trying to speak out, but getting hit and driven away by black-hooded protesters - continued for the next two hours.

"The police were forced to drag us over here". Boothe said. "If we're truly honest, if we truly want to stamp out hate in all of its forms, if we truly want to stamp out and push out violence in this country, it should be denounced in all of its forms". "We're not going to have a rally at Crissy Field", he said.

The National Park Service allowed the permit to stand, but organizers cancelled the event out of concern for violence from Antifa, the fascist antagonists who claim they are "anti-fascist".

It was not immediately clear who might show up for the right-wing event called, "No To Marxism in America" in a downtown Berkeley park.

The police in Berkeley maintained a strict parameter, with 50 police officers spread out around the area including the park's four entrances earlier in the day "enforcing an emergency city rule outlawing sticks and other potential weapons from the park" reports Swenson.

Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 who had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a "Rally Against Hate" gathering. They converged with the peaceful protesters on Sunday afternoon in Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr.

Antifa (short for anti-fascist) has existed for years, and has become increasingly prominent in Berkeley, where it violently shut down a speech by alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos in February.

"I don't support silencing people and their opinions". Police are also requiring all demonstrators to pass through a security checkpoint, in which cops are combing through bags and patting down people. "These are people defending our city", says Abraham Youhana, a UC Berkeley student.

The group's philosophy rests on the notion that extremists demand a more vigorous response than the nonviolence that has been a hallmark of American protest for decades.

Things started winding down around 3pm.