Violence broke out at an anti-Trump protest in Berkeley, California, on Saturday, as anti-Trump protesters clashed with people saying they wanted to publicly and peacefully show their support for the president at a “Patriots Day” event.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, hundreds of people were involved in the brawl, which reportedly took place near the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in the afternoon. Those in the video below can be seen punching and kicking one another. Some used objects to strike and even stab opponents. Please be advised some parts of the video are disturbing.
The Los Angeles Times also reported about 50 people from a pro-Trump militia group called the Oath Keepers were involved in the violence. The Oath Keepers told the Times they chose to be present at the rally to protect the Trump supporters.
Typical of the biased mainstream media, the Times referred to the anti-Trump protesters as part of a “anti-fascist” group in its story about the event.
CNN reported at least 12 people have already been arrested.
Berkeley Police released a message on social media earlier in the afternoon informing the public it had already confiscated numerous “prohibited items” from people at both rallies. Police banned virtually all items that could be used as a weapon, including large American flags on wooden poles.
Here are some of the prohibited items that have already removed from the park today. https://t.co/3qx3smYwgk pic.twitter.com/A70VCxFYEu
— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) April 15, 2017
Anti-Trump protesters took the streets across America on Saturday to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. The protesters have been calling the event the “Tax March.”
“We march to demand that the president release his returns, as he has repeatedly promised, but failed, to do,” reads the Tax March website. “We march because it is in the best interest of the American people to know what financial entanglements and conflicts of interest our leaders have.”
Tensions build between one Pro Trump supporter and anti-Trump demonstrators in Berkeley. #abc7newsnow pic.twitter.com/4nD6CT2iLa
— Lonni Rivera (@lonnirivera) April 15, 2017