People gathered in Berkeley, California, at an anti-hate demonstration. The California demonstrations took place only two weeks after a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in tragedy, as a car slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman.
Shortly after beginning, the crowd was suddenly attacked by black-clad people (claimed by eyewitnesses as anarchists and antifa) near the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
Wearing black clothing and masks, attackers stormed the demonstration and attacked several supporters of President Trump.
Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said officers were told not to actively confront the anarchists.
Later it was reported, that California police detained 13 people, as a group of anarchists chased away right-wing demonstrators and attacked reporters near the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, according to local media.
The recent violence has sparked outrage among Twitter users.
Democrats are now calling ANY conservative rally a Nazi rally and then they unleash these violent scum ANTIFA https://t.co/uE7aJGFFDo— cosmodog (@Maxcosmofactor) August 28, 2017
#MorningJoe rippin on Berkeley, ANTIFA, snowflakes, Dems, & demanding free speech. Check the temp. Hell has frozen over.— Lucid Sojourner (@lucidsojourn) August 28, 2017
All the young violent protesters I saw yesterday at Berkeley should use that energy to find different ways to help victims in Texas— David Burkart (@DavidBurkart1) August 28, 2017
I am denouncing Antifa. We don't want you on the left. We are for peace, you are not. What happened in Berkeley CA was shameful.— Teresa Welby (@teresainnj) August 28, 2017