Bloody brawls erupt at Trump rallies in Berkeley
| NY Post
“BERKELEY, Calif. — At least four people were arrested after violence broke out Saturday between groups of supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump holding rallies in downtown Berkeley.
About 200 people were at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park when several fights broke out. Dozens of police officers in riot gear standing nearby quickly arrested one man. Others were arrested after several skirmishes.
Trump supporters announced they were holding a “Patriot Day” at the park at noon. Counter-demonstrators then said they would hold a rally at the same place at 10 a.m.
Police put in a makeshift barrier of plastic orange poles and orange fence mesh to separate both sides, but that quickly came down as demonstrators started punching and kicking each other, while pepper spray and firecrackers were thrown to the crowd.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that after the barriers was put back in place, demonstrators shouted at each other from a distance.”
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Hundreds of Trump supporters and counter-protesters clash at Berkeley rally
| LA Times
“Hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed Saturday at a “Patriots Day” rally in Berkeley, the third time the two groups engaged in violent confrontations on city streets in recent months.
Fist fights broke out among members of both groups on the streets around Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where pro-Trump supporters had scheduled a rally. Fireworks and smoke bombs were thrown into the crowd, and a few demonstrators were doused with pepper spray.
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Arrests made as protesters clash at pro-Trump rally in Berkeley
| SF Gate
“Violence broke out and more than a dozen arrests were made in Berkeley Saturday as supporters and opponents of President Trump clashed.
The dueling groups gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where hundreds of people on each side were separated by a makeshift orange barrier. Several fights broke out even before the noon start of the pro-Trump rally and at least one unidentified person fired pepper spray into the crowd.
By early afternoon, Berkeley police said 13 people had been arrested and officers had seized what was described as contraband. Dozens of officers in riot gear monitored the volatile demonstrations.
By noon, most of the anti-Trump protesters emptied onto Allston Way, bordering the park. The pro-Trump demonstrators stayed in the park, where people in the opposing groups threw soda cans at each other. Minutes later, the makeshift barrier dividing the sides snapped, and a huge brawl broke out as both sides began punching and kicking each other.
BART closed the downtown Berkeley station at about 1:20 p.m., citing a “civil disturbance.” It reopened at about 4:30 p.m.
Trump protesters, waving red-and-black anarchy flags, marched around the park, periodically stopping to clash with the Trump supporters.
At one point, hundreds of pro- and anti-Trump activists marched up Center Street toward Shattuck Avenue, leaving bloody and bruised participants in their wake.
As the crowd of protesters spilled farther away from the park toward Shattuck, the fighting intensified. Another group of mainly anti-Trump demonstrators marched down Center Street toward the UC Berkeley campus.
Ben Bergquam of Fresno emerged from the crowd with blood streaming down his face. He held a crumpled “Stop Liberal Intolerance” sign in his hand.
“I got hit in the back of the head with some sticks,” he said as another activist wrapped gauze around his wound. “I don’t agree with everything Trump says, but I don’t agree with violence.”
Nearby, others gathered around a man who was lying in the grass, blood flowing from his head.
“He knows his name, he knows what day it is,” a protester said as another called for medical help.
Lincoln Smith, a 45-year-old man who came to show solidarity against Trump, acknowledged that some of the attendees were overly intense, including a woman who had accused him of being a Trump supporter because he was wearing red shoelaces.”
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