Nothing quite like free speech, unless your opposed to the liberals of course! A peaceful pro-Trump rally turned violent on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, California after anti-Trump liberals confronted pro-Trump supporters and turned violent.
The confrontation occurred on a day when Americans across the country turned out in force to peacefully show their support for President Trump, free speech and America.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the pro-Trump demonstrators participating in the “March 4 Trump” rally were met by counter-protesters dressed in masks and black clothing who began the confrontation at 2pm on Saturday.
From the San Francisco Gate:
“By 3 p.m., the self-proclaimed anarchists were dominating the crowd. Dressed all in black and wearing cloth bandannas over their faces, they stopped traffic as they marched from the park through downtown with the smaller mix of Trump supporters and counterprotesters. In the park, people opposed to Trump threw eggs and burned both American flags and the red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hats.”
Photos and video posted to twitter show how violent the scene became.
— Jason Belich 🇺🇸 (@JasonBelich) March 4, 2017
— Jason Belich 🇺🇸 (@JasonBelich) March 5, 2017
— Aaron Davis (@BaronBavis) March 4, 2017
That sign said "Free Speech". Counter protesters stole and said 'hate speech is not free speech'. pic.twitter.com/tDTWBrPGHD
— Aaron Davis (@BaronBavis) March 5, 2017
— Gillian Edevane (@GillianNBC) March 4, 2017
This is disgusting – so much for the “loving left”. Make sure this is seen by America! This behavior must not be tolerated.
Berkeley police said they arrested 10 people: five for battery, four for assault with a deadly weapon and one for resisting arrest. Seven people were evaluated for their injuries at the scene, but no one had to be taken to the hospital.
According to Matthai Chakko, a spokesman for the city of Berkeley, police confiscated items such as a dagger, metal pipes, baseball bats, two-by-four pieces of wood and bricks.
Reports also suggest that a number of protestors were linked to those previously held at Berkeley. It is likely many were also paid.