Protesters and counter protesters clash in Berkeley Sunday

Posted August 29, 2017

There was "no need for a confrontation over a grass patch", Mr. Greenwood said. By all accounts Berkeley police mostly kept the peace, but left-wing "antifa" activists descended on Patriot Prayer organizer Joey Gibson, shouting at him and pepper-spraying him until police put him and a "bodyguard" in handcuffs, in an effort to "rescue" him from the scuffle, as CBS 5 reports.

On Saturday, crowds gathered in San Francisco to celebrate the cancelation of a Patriot Prayer event.

To be even more specific, the group named two prominent leaders of white nationalist organizations.

Separately, groups of hooded, black-clad protesters attacked at least four other men, kicking and punching them until police stepped in. A handful of rally participants still showed up, causing counter protesters to come out of the woodwork en masse, SF Gate reported.

The protest, which drew thousands of people chanting anti-fascist slogans and denouncing white supremacists, was the second major action in the Bay Area by left-wing groups this weekend.

In Charlottesville, white supremacists demonstrated against the removal of a Confederate statue and anti-hate protesters demonstrated against them.

Arrests, pepper spray and smoke bombs disrupted a protest in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday when violence broke out between groups of protesters.

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Cummings said she would be the sole attendee.

Counter-demonstrators dramatically outnumbered Trump supporters, engulfing their rivals and shouting "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.".

Earlier in the day, police had set up barricades around park and checked people who entered to make sure they did not have prohibited items like baseball bats, dogs, skateboards and scarves or bandanas they could use to cover their faces. Six people suffered injuries, including two who were hospitalized, and one officer was injured while making an arrest and several others were hit with paint.

"What you saw today is a city that came together", he said.

City officials denied at least three requests for permits from demonstrators from both political sides, which led organizers of both far right-wing rallies to ask supporters not to show up out of concern for their safety.

What was scheduled to be a Neo-nazi-type rally was transformed into anti-racist, solidarity actions that filled the streets of the Bay area in a series of protests. The Chronicle reported that some participants carried "signs reading 'Berkeley stands united against hate, ' 'Queers against hate, ' and 'End white supremacy, '" while others handed out "no hate" shields.