Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Antifa And Trump Supporters Battle At Berkeley

Antifa And Trump Supporters Battle At Berkeley

Between 500 and 1,000 people were in the park as the rallies peaked, according to an estimate by a reporter.

In addition to Damigo, the Berkeley protest reportedly attracted numerous prominent "alt-right" figures, including 41-year-old Kyle Chapman who is better known by his alias "Based Stickman", referring to his practice of carrying a wooden stick - such as those seen above - as a weapon at public protests.

Demonstrators have left the park and are walking on Berkeley streets while police closely follow them.

The trouble unfolded when hundreds of Trump opponents staged a counter-rally alongside an event billed as a "Patriots Day" free-speech rally and picnic, organized by mostly Trump supporters.

According to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office arrest log, 15 people were arrested on suspicion of committing felonies, and 15 others were arrested on suspicion of committing misdemeanors.

This would not been the first time fighting has broken out between pro- and anti-Trump activists on the streets of Berkley.

More than 150 protest rallies and marches were held throughout the country in major cities, such as Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, and Philadelphia. PHOTOS: Both sides of Trump debate clash " Some say free speech and there is some free speech issues but on the other hand a lot of them are very antagonistic", one protester said.

Chapman describes himself in social media as a "proud American nationalist" and "ardent Trump supporter".

Several Trump supporters said they also felt uncomfortable about those elements. One of the men also set a red colored "USA" hat on fire.

At one point, a loud explosion could be heard in the park and fist fights broke out among members of both groups. Civic Center Park. A regularly scheduled farmer's market, which is usually held adjacent to the park, was cancelled as a precaution.

Thousands of protesters on gathered Saturday in cities across the United States to pressure President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has repeatedly refused. "We chose to show up anyway because this is our livelihood", said Tim Mueller, a farmer who owns the stall.

"These people create violence all the time... somebody has to stand up to them", said Alegria, who was injured in the fight and treated by Trump supporters who bandaged his head, washed off the pepper spray and gave him encouragement, saying, "You've earned your stripes, bro". To view the rivalry, a huge amount of people gathered in.

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