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For the second time this month liberal students at U.C. Berkeley attack conservatives as the campus erupts in violence.
As Reported by L.A. Times:
Berkeley was the scene of violent demonstrations as supporters of President Trump clashed with counter-protesters Saturday on the streets of the city.
At least 10 people were arrested and seven others were injured as a series of disturbances marred what was supposed to be a pro-Trump rally in the famously liberal community.
The unrest underscores the heightened political tensions that have taken hold since Trump took office in January.
Last month a scheduled appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled amid a violent protest on the UC Berkeley campus. That sparked a national debate — in which Trump himself took part — about the line between the right to demonstrate and protecting free speech that some find objectionable.
Saturday’s “March 4 Trump” rally, one of several held across the country, began at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park about 2 p.m.
The Trump supporters marched several blocks but were met by a group of counter-demonstrators, and fights began breaking out, according to Matthai Chakko, a spokesman for the city of Berkeley.
Videos and photos posted on Twitter showed people punching each other and pulling their hair, with one man using an unidentified object to beat another person. Several people in the crowd were pepper-sprayed, including an elderly man.
At least two people, with their faces covered up, could be seen on video trying to set fire to an American flag, while a photo on Twitter showed the bloody face of a man who wore a T-shirt that said “Trump is My President.”
Amy Leona Masker, a 23-year-old student at Las Positas College in Livermore who was on crutches, was among the counter-demonstrators. She and a fellow student were standing together when they saw the fighting break out.
“These crutches came in handy when people started shoving,” Masker said.
She and the other student said one of the Trump supporters, who wore a gas mask and had a wooden shield, was using pepper-spray. They said there were several isolated fights, but when they erupted, people from both sides tried to break them up.
Masker said she came out to “support what really is our country.”
Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said 10 arrests were made: one for resisting arrest, four for assault with a deadly weapon, including a dagger, and five for battery. About seven medical evaluations were made on the scene. None of the injured wanted to be taken to the hospital.
Chakko said among the other items police confiscated at the rally were metal pipes, bats and two-by-fours.
“A group of people carrying bricks were detained and the bricks were confiscated,” he said.
City and Berkeley Police Department officials said they were aware of the rally and had prepared for it. They said other groups besides Trump supporters and protesters were also at the rally.
The pro-Trump rally was part of a nationwide effort to show support for the president and his “America First” policies, according to the website of Main Street Patriots, one of the organizers.
“With high-profile acts of terrorism at home and abroad, with police shootings in the headlines and police officers dead in the line of duty, the government’s first duty to keep the country safe has to be addressed,” the group’s website states.