The San Francisco Police Department, however, did advise on its official Twitter account for people to stay away from the area. East Bay residents are coming out in large numbers today in downtown Berkeley, protesting against hate-much like anti-hate demonstrators did yesterday in San Francisco.
Some downtown Berkeley stores were already boarded up early Sunday morning, as property owners anxious about vandalism. When the press conference never materialized, the crowds - relishing the turn of events - simply celebrated en masse. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said Saturday that police made a single arrest for public intoxication during demonstrations organized by left-wing groups.
The organizers behind Saturday's scuttled events later decried the political left and the media for unfairly labeling them racists and undermining the demonstration. Civic Park on Sunday to voice their opposition to racism and condemn President Donald Trump's divisive response to the Charlottesville violence, where a white supremacist killed one protester and injured many others by smashing his vehicle into them. Sunday's rally was to be the provocatively titled "No to Marxism in America", seemingly created to needle Berkeley's famously liberal populace.
Police in riot gear lined up Saturday along a fence erected at the park after the right-wing group Patriot Prayer said it planned to hold a news conference at the location.
The march was part of the Bay Area Rally Against Hate Rally.
The post continued with a caution about the rally. Police took some white supremacists into police custody for their own protection.
On Sunday, Cummings reportedly did not appear for her event, and anti-hate marchers far outnumbered the right-wing element that did make an appearance, the AP reported. Liquids are not allowed in the demonstration area, with the exception of water in a factory-sealed, clear plastic bottle.More news: Cheaper avocados are here: Amazon closes Whole Foods deal
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A right-wing rally titled "No To Marxism in America" was planned to take place but ultimately was canceled by organizer Amber Cummings.
"We've had enough", she said.
"People in masks surrounded us and tried to drag us away", says Hinojosa.
Gibson, however, was not finished.
But Gibson did not have a permit for the park.
Protesters blocked off intersections near Alamo Square Park in San Francisco. And Inauguration Day 2017 in Washington, D.C., was marked by violence when masked protesters burned vehicles, smashed windows and clashed with police, leading to 231 arrests. Update at 2:45 p.m. He instead held it outside the city and criticized police for not doing enough to ensure supporters' safety at the originally scheduled location of Crissy Field.
Many saw the weekend, ultimately, as a win. "We do not want the alt right in our city".
Several people were arrested at Berkeley's Civic Center Park by police who have banned protesters from covering their faces and carrying a variety of items that could be used as weapons.