At least four people were taken into custody on Saturday after violence erupted between groups of supporters and critics of President Trump holding rallies in Berkeley, California.
Approximately 200 individuals were at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park when multiple fights broke out. Dozens of officers in riot gear quickly detained one man. Others were taken into custody after several altercations.
Trump supporters revealed that they were holding a “Patriot Day” even at the park at 12 p.m. Counter-protestors then announced that they would hold a rally in the same place at 10 a.m.
Authorities installed in a makeshift barrier of plastic poles and fence mesh to separate both sides, but that quickly came down as protestors began punching and kicking each other, while pepper spray and firecrackers were thrown to the group.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, after the barriers were put back, demonstrators yelled at each other from a distance.
“Go back to the ’60s,” a Trump supporter shouted.
“You go back to the 1400s,” someone on the opposing side yelled back.
The groups then left and walked the streets of Berkeley with police trailing them.
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Police had said before that baseball bats, sticks, flagpoles and any items that could be used as a weapon were prohibited at the park. Officers confiscated sticks, knives, flagpoles and helmets.
The rally came after a March 4th confrontation planned by the same groups that left several people injured.
In February, protesters hurled rocks, broke windows and set fires outside of the UC Berkeley’s student union building, where then-Breitbart News editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak.