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Trump supporters and counter-protesters clash at Berkeley rally

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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.

Fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where Trump supporters had scheduled a rally. Fireworks and smoke bombs were thrown into the crowd, and a few demonstrators were doused with pepper spray.

Both groups threw rocks and sticks at each other and used a large trash bin as a battering ram as the crowd moved around the perimeter of the park. One bank boarded up its ATM machines before the rally as a precaution.

Sixteen people were arrested, said Officer Jennifer Coats of the Berkeley Police Department. Nine people were injured, with six taken to a hospital for treatment, including one stabbing victim, she said.

About 250 police officers were deployed to the scene by mid-afternoon after officials sought assistance from the neighboring Oakland Police Department.

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers, said he came from Montana with about 50 others to protect Trump supporters. They were joined by bikers and others who vowed to fight members of an anti-fascist group if they crossed police barricades.

“I don’t mind hitting” the counter-demonstrators, whom he called “neo-Nazis,” Rhodes said. “In fact, I would kind of enjoy it.”

AJ Alegria, 31, of Sacramento said he also came to Berkeley to help defend Trump supporters. He said he pursued a counter-demonstrator down a side street and found himself surrounded by a dozen protesters in black masks who he said attacked him with sticks and pepper spray.These people create violence all the time... somebody has to stand up to them.

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-berkeley-trump-rally-20170415-story.html

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Were any of the Trump supporters wearing masks?

No.

Police should immediately detain, photograph, ID and publish the names and photos of everyone at the scene wearing a mask.

No more counter-protesters.
 

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As long as no one gets seriously injured I see this as a good thing in a democracy.

If you didn't want to fight then you could have stayed home.
 

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If I threw a party and a bunch of masked people showed up carrying weapons and acting violently, they would get shot.
 

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If I threw a party and a bunch of masked people showed up carrying weapons and acting violently, they would get shot.
IMO, publicly exposing them would be a more effective deterrent, and also provide a money trail.
 

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They could just put a bug/gps on a few of them or follow them home, then name them. When someone wears a mask, their ultimate fear is being publicly identified.

Many would probably be evicted from their parents basements if their little wars followed them home.
 

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As these 'protests' move forward and get larger you'll begin to see more and more firearms be brought to these gigs. We've already seen that at least once. As people get beat up at each event they get more desperate the next time and up the ante. It's only a matter of time
 
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As these 'protests' move forward and get larger you'll begin to see more and more firearms be brought to these gigs. We've already seem that at least once. As people get beat up at each event they get more desperate the next time and up the ante. It's only a matter of time
The left is trying desperately to spark some violent reaction from the freedom crowd. If they continue, it's only a matter of time.
 

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Now that Patriots are going to these rallys specifically to beat up masked soros ninjas these things will stop happening.
Pepper spraying men in wheelchairs or pelting cowering women with eggs is fun! Being chased down the street by full grown angry men who are itching to beat your ass for the things your group does is not fun.

Getting your teeth knocked out and your tiny balls smashed flat is hard to explain to mom and her insurance plan you are still on.
A few more wins by the good guys and these are done. Unfortunately.

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Now that Patriots are going to these rallys specifically to beat up masked soros ninjas these things will stop happening.
Pepper spraying men in wheelchairs or pelting cowering women with eggs is fun! Being chased down the street by full grown angry men who are itching to beat your ass for the things your group does is not fun.

Getting your teeth knocked out and your tiny balls smashed flat is hard to explain to mom and her insurance plan you are still on.
A few more wins by the good guys and these are done. Unfortunately.

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Don't be so sure the left will just fold their tents and go away
 

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Love the clip of the trendy dreadlocked anti trump female getting flattened. 50 years of feminism brought to a screeching halt with one punch.
 

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I bet most of the masked men are mexican gang members since they are protesting in California (the land of fruits and nuts)
 

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Not going to happen. The cops won't rat on there own.
Ah yes! To include the state sponsored agents provocateur could certainly spoil the game plan, and all the more reason to expose them.