Arrests, Injuries as Protesters Clash at Pro-Trump Rally

Right-wing protesters were met with left-wing counterprotesters in California
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2017 4:25 PM CDT
Multiple Arrests as Pro-Trump Rally in Calif. Turns Violent
More than a dozen arrests were reported after pro- and anti-Trump protesters clashed Saturday in Berkeley, California.   (Twitter)

Anywhere from nine to more than 15 people were arrested as a pro-Trump rally turned violent Saturday in Berkeley, California. Reuters reports the "Patriots Day" free speech rally was organized by conservative activists, and—according to the Mercury News—that included members of the "alt-right," with some demonstrators being seen making Nazi salutes. Counter-demonstrators calling themselves "anti-fascists" also crowded the downtown park where the rally was being held.

There were hundreds of people in the park, and police described a "large number of fights" breaking out. Protesters threw punches and bottles, and CNN reports some appeared to be hitting each other with flag poles. Multiple protesters were throwing fireworks into the crowd, and there were reports of pepper spray being used. A police spokesperson says a few people were hurt, but they appear to be minor injuries. Police used explosive devices in an attempt to separate the two sides. Further arrests are expected. (More protests stories.)

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