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. Police in the area prepared for potential clashes amongst opposing groups by blocking off West Crescent park, which sits on the Berkeley campus, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Mixed signals surrounded the "No To Marxism" rally in Berkeley, which initally sought public support but was later urged to not show up. There were in total, about 100 anarchists and antifa- "anti-fascist".
"No need for a confrontation over a grass patch", Chief Greenwood said.
"Tensions between protesters and counter-protesters are escalating".
"We anticipate other street closures to occur off and on throughout the day", police said.
The Police detained at least two people for wearing bandannas covering their faces. If we don't stand against the attack on free speech in Berkeley, then it won't be long before it's in my neighborhood and I have to be anxious about my political beliefs.
A Ruptly producer, who was heard telling the protesters to back off, reported that the camera was damaged and they had to cancel the feed.
Wiener also went on to describe the organizing group, Patriot Prayer, as a "right-wing extremist group" which "showed its true colors by canceling, at the last minute, its permitted rally at Crissy Field and scheduling an illegal unpermitted rally at Alamo Square".
A large police presence is present in the city and officers have been quick to clamp down on any skirmishes.
Although Mr Gibson was reportedly seen being taken into custody, on Sunday the Patriot Prayer Facebook page stated, "Joey is NOT in jail, and has NOT been arrested".
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee declared victory over a group he branded as inviting hate.
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