Hundreds of supporters of President Trump
were met with resistance in Berkeley on Saturday at one of several pro-Trump marches planned across the country.
An estimated 500 protesters gathered at Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley around 2 p.m.,
Berkeleyside reported. Pro-Trump demonstrators, many from out of town, called for free speech, chanting “put America first.” Video footage of scattered fights show smoke bombs being thrown at a crowd and at least one man pepper-spraying a brawling group.
Here are some photos of the demonstration:
Trump supporters and counterprotesters fight on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. on April 15, 2017. Police arrested at least 21 and said 11 were injured. (Bert Johnson/KQED)
Nathan Damigo, founder of white nationalist group Identity Evropa, helped organize the rally in Berkeley. (Bert Johnson/KQED)
Trisha, who declined to state her last name after she received online threats for her participation in a previous protest, bandages Rudy McKay's head after he was injured in a clash between Trump supporters and counterprotesters in Berkeley. (Bert Johnson/KQED)
During the clashes between conservative demonstrators and anti-Trump counterprotesters, people on both sides threw cans of Pepsi. It was an ironic reference to a commercial that featured the soft drink dissipating tensions at a protest and was withdrawn after it was called insensitive. (Bert Johnson/KQED)
A volunteer medic washes a protester's face with milk after he was exposed to pepper spray on April 15, 2017. (Bert Johnson/KQED)