A large group of anti-white supremacy protesters ejected a significantly smaller group of right-wing demonstrators during a rally in Berkeley, California triggering an aggressive police response that resulted in several arrests during the incident.
The “Rally Against Hate” was held in Martin Luther King Civic Center Park on Sunday as a counter protest of a previously planned rally held by a group of Trump supporters called Patriot Prayer. The counter protest group was astonishing larger than the right-wing group. They surrounded their adversaries while chanting “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”
Police attempted to setup barricades to ensure the safety of the smaller group, fired rubber bullets at demonstrators, and shot tear gas, but as demonstrators from both sides faced off the tension could not be contained. Police began arresting members of the counter-protest group who were wearing masks and were found in possession of items banned from the protest.
— Lizzie Johnson (@lizziejohnsonnn) August 27, 2017
Several right-wing demonstrators fled from the interaction, running towards officers who escorted them out of the park. They were placed in a police van that was kicked repeatedly by outraged anti-fascism protesters, also known as antifa, as it sped away from the park. One Trump supporter was pulled over a wall by his shirt by police as a crowd of about two dozen protesters surrounded the man chanting “Nazi go home” while shoving him toward the edge of the park.
— Great Lakes AntiFa (@GreatLakesAFA) August 27, 2017
During another encounter, a latino man holding a sign that read “God Bless Donald Trump” was condemned by protesters. The man stated that he was born in Mexico and supports Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. “You are an immigrant,” said Karla Fonseca, antifa protester. “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
— Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) August 27, 2017
Steven E. Johnson is a Mississippi-based author who covers social injustice and political issues. You can contact him at stevejlive at gmail dot com.