Berkeley, CA – Eleven people were hurt (with one reported to be stabbed), and police made 13 arrests when Antifa demonstrators preempted a Patriot Day Rally scheduled for noon at Civic Center Park. It is also reported that one police officer was treated and released at a local hospital for injuries sustained when demonstrators used some type of pepper spray in the area around the officer.
CNN affiliate KPIX reported that Trump supporters planned a “Patriot Day” rally at noon but counter-protesters showed up a few hours earlier. Police were on hand in riot gear confiscating prohibited items, which included “hand-held flagpoles, a knife, a stun gun, helmets and signs, and flags attached to poles”. However, it is reported that demonstrators used fireworks, tear gas, skateboards, and helmets (among other items) to clash with people of opposing views.
Raw video (excerpts posted on Gruntworks Facebook page from YouTube video uploaded by WeAreChange) appears to show that after the clashes, Patriot Day Rally supporters pushed Antifa demonstrators out of the square, chanting “na na na na, hey hey hey, good bye”.
Numerous social media sources report that Kyle Chapman (Based Stickman) was among the 13 people arrested by police.
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