Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police arrested three members of what were thought to be affiliated with a local Antifa group after two political rallies collided.
A pro-Trump rally took place in Philadelphia on Sunday, while an anti-Trump squared off with their opponents. Some of the members of the anti-Trump rally engaged in fisticuffs, and as a result,
Local law enforcement stated that “a group of pro-POTUS [President of the United States] persons” were attempting to enter a bar at 16th and Cuthbert streets in Philadelphia, and were confronted by “a group of anti-POTUS persons and an altercation ensued.”
A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department claimed that a pro-Trump demonstrator as well as a police officer were assaulted in the fray.
Three anti-Trump protestors were charged with assault, and a fourth was issued a citation.
Law enforcement stated that the city allowed both rallies to occur, but that the pro-Trump group was “stalked” by a group of anti-Trump protesters who “repeatedly sought to confront the Trump supporters.”
Pro-Trump demonstration organizer Zachary Rehl told Philly.com that he and 10 pro-Trump demonstrators finished up their march and attempted to go to a local bar for drinks.
Rehl, a Marine Corps veteran and Temple University student, told the site, “The Antifa found us,” and noted that “six or seven” anti-Trump protesters began shouting at Rehl and his group.
“Three of them punched us,” he added.
See two videos, which were purportedly filmed at the scene of the incident, below.
Warning: the following videos contain profanity and violence.
all hell just broke loose, antifa and alt-right started fighting pic.twitter.com/bcsFKLMJc6
— Joshua Scott Albert (@jpegjoshua) July 2, 2017