Aerial footage shows dozens of pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators kicking and fighting one another. A reported 200-300 people were involved in the rally, which began to break off into smaller groups. According to multiple sources from BuzzFeed, the two groups violently clashed after pro-Trump supporters “were confronted by self-described anti-fascist protesters.”
Despite law enforcement's stringent ban on weapons, this didn't stop civilians from using them during the unrest. Demonstrators from both sides used weapons; several also reported to seeing fireworks and smoke bombs tossed into the crowd.
“The City of Berkeley Police Department is a small to medium-size department," Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said to BuzzFeed. "Our police department total is 176. I can tell you most of that 176 is here today."
Twenty people were arrested on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and resisting law enforcement.
According to the Times, the rally — one of many taking place around the country — began peacefully, with only two dozen police officers at the park. A local artist passed out “empathy kisses,” while a vendor sold organic produce to passersby. Narrow entrances were even set up to maintain crowd control.
According to multiple reports, injuries from both pro- and anti-Trump sides were sustained. However, it seems an overwhelming number of Trump supporters were on the receiving end of violence. One man said after “he pursued a counter-demonstrator down a side street” he was attacked by a group wearing black masks. This was one of many similar stories reported by the Times.
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