Thursday, 27 April, 2017

13 arrested in California pro and anti-Trump rallies

Simultaneous rallies for, against President Trump to be held Saturday in Berkeley Hundreds of Trump supporters and counter-protesters face off at Berkeley rally
Melissa Porter | 20 April, 2017, 06:43

At least 14 people were arrested after opponents of President Donald Trump and supporters clashed at a march in Berkeley, California, US media said Saturday.

About 200 people were at a park in Berkeley when several fights broke out.

Police said they confiscated prohibited items including hand-held flagpoles, a knife, a stun gun, helmets and signs, and flags attached to poles, KRON reported. He later said that voters don't care.

Nearly 200 people gathered at Martin Luther King Jr.

"You don't know which way the country goes", said Arlin next to her 89-year-old husband who fled Czechoslovakia during World War II.

According to Berkeley Police Officer Byron White, the rally started on Saturday with an event called "Patriots Day", created online by pro-Trump demonstrators. "I hope Republicans see it". One particularly shocking video immediately became viral as it showed a Trump supporter delivering a forceful sucker punch to the face of a young woman who seems to have been completely taken by surprise and fell to the ground.

After Trump supporters said they would hold a "Patriot Day" rally, counter-protesters made a decision to hold a rally at the same place. Police initially reported 15 arrests, but later tweeted out a correction.

Though barricades were erected to separate the rival groups gathered at the Civic Center Park, the rallies quickly spilled out into the streets. Right-wing groups held Trump campaign signs and posters that read "Free speech", among others. "That's a message I can get behind". Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate finance committee, has introduced legislation that would require sitting presidents, including Trump, to release their tax returns for the past three years.

City officials said, "Mass gatherings of any kind attract a broad variety of people and, inevitably, that means an array of different motives and intentions".

Among the Trump opponents were some counter-protesters dressed in black and wearing masks. Trump's break with precedent has raised questions about possible conflicts of interest.

One person at the riot was Nathan Damigo, a white nationalist and student from California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, who was caught on video punching a woman according to The Sacramento Bee.

With backing of dozens of organizations, Tax Marches are happening in New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Seattle, West Palm Beach and more than 100 others.