By the day’s end, police had arrested 13 people, and two people were taken to the hospital, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said in a statement, according to Bay Area news station KRON.
The Associated Press corroborated that report: “Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said officers were told not to actively confront the anarchists”. Thirteen of the anarchists were arrested, the Chronicle reported.
In the meantime, a giant group of leftists replaced the rally that they effectively shut down.
Many in San Francisco were disappointed on Wednesday when the National Park Service approved the permit for the Patriot Prayer event.
The crowd began to diminish around 3:30 p.m., six hours after a march led to the protests.
The Berkeley rally followed a similar event in San Francisco, where hundreds of people gathered at Alamo Square Park on Saturday to condemn white supremacy and bigotry.
The “Rally Against Hate” drew thousands of people to city parks, along with the Berkeley college campus, at Sunday afternoon.
Several smoke grenades were thrown into the park but did little to disturb the police, who wore gas masks. He blamed San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whose district includes the city, for categorizing the group as white extremist and raising tensions.
Hundreds of people opposing a right-wing gathering have held protests in the United States city of San Francisco to condemn white supremacists and bigotry.
In San Francisco on Friday, thousands of anti-racist protesters blocked streets and intersections to protest a far-right rally whose organizers never showed up. The organizer for the right-wing group canceled it, citing concerns that counter protesters would make it hard to hold. He later said in a Facebook video that he feared the way officials had organized the event would cause a “huge riot” and clash between his groups and Antifa, or anti-fascist protesters. (Sheraz Sadiq/KQED) Protesters descended on the streets of Berkeley demonstrating against the far right on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
The skirmish was tense but ended quickly.
Other Trump supporters say they came to the park even though the original protest was cancelled because they wanted a space to express their opinions. The group skirted the police barricades and security check meant to remove any possible weapons. Civic Center Park, where a handful of fights broke out.
Other banned items include explosives, pepper spray, axes, dogs (except for service animals), eggs, torches and more. At least two people were detained by officers for wearing bandannas covering their faces.