Berkeley braces for possible fights as rallies, protests begin

Berkeley braces for possible fights as rallies, protests begin

Berkeley braces for possible fights as rallies, protests begin

Gibson said the rhetoric of Lee and other San Francisco leaders is what prompted fears for his group's safety and the cancellation of the rally, and has said the group disavows racism and hatred.

"We are going to make sure they don't come back", she said.

"I can not express how proud I am of all the residents. all of our diverse aspects of the entire city, loud and proudly (saying) we are going to reject hate in our city", said Lee said. "I never have from the beginning".

To prevent Gibson and his Patriot Prayer members from accessing Alamo Square Park the city closed the space early Saturday and erected a temporary fence around it.

"I do believe there are provocateurs in those groups that are intentionally wanting to incite some level of violence", he said.

Two right-wing rallies planned for the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area were canceled Friday, with organizers citing threats from left-wing agitators, but local officials said they remained concerned about the potential for violence. She said she had "grave concerns for the safety of the people attending my event".

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A right-wing group has canceled a "freedom rally" scheduled for Saturday in San Francisco that civic leaders had anxious would turn violent.

San Francisco's push against the right-wing rallies took many forms, including an event at the Civic Center, not billed explicitly as a protest, that gave participants a place to engage in everything from yoga to blowing bubbles.

Protests against a far-right rally planned for Sunday in Berkeley have started to draw hundreds.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee praised the counter-demonstrations for their peaceful nature.

In a separate Facebook post Gibson claimed "Crissy Field was 100 percent a setup". We have Alameda County sheriffs, Oakland police coming in.

Chapman was also told to stay 300 yards away from Martin Luther King Jr. Chapman is presently in jail but is eligible for bail and on Thursday, he informed users on Facebook that he would be attending the rally.

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Amber Cummings, who organized the rally, canceled it on Saturday and urged people to stay away from the park.

Micki Esken says she is unsure whether to attend Saturday's protest against a "freedom rally" being held at Crissy Field. "He went on to say, "[Patriot Prayer] did this after the National Park Service correctly placed significant security conditions on the permit, including not carrying anything that could be used as a weapon".

"You are an immigrant", she said.

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Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson said his followers would instead attend an anti-Marxist rally in nearby Berkeley on Sunday, but a short time later the organizer of that rally called it off.

Seemingly undeterred by Cummings' announcement, Berkeley officials on Friday imposed rules on anyone who gathers at Civic Center Park.

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Upon being lumped with hate groups, Cummings responded: "I do not support white supremacy". But much like Saturday in San Francisco, counter-demonstrators were still expected to fill the streets to send a message to white supremacists and extremist figures that they are not welcome in the Bay Area.

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