PHOTOS: Pro-Trump Rally in Berkeley Turns Violent

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Kyle Chapman, known as 'Based Stick Man' after a video of him hitting a counter-protester at a previous rally went viral, joined a conservative rally in Berkeley on April 15, 2017. (Bert Johnson/KQED)

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 counter-protesters fight on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley on April 15, 2017. Police arrested at least 21 and said 11 were injured.
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 a conservative rally in Berkeley on April 15, 2017. Police arrested at least 21 people after counter-protesters clashed with demonstrators.
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 counter-protesters in Berkeley on April 15, 2017. Police arrested at least 21 and said 11 were injured.
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 counter-protesters, 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 It was an ironic reference to a commercial that featured the soft drink dissipating tensions at a protest and was withdrawn after it was called insensitive. On April 15, 2017 Berkeley police arrested at least 21 people after counter-protesters clashed with demonstrators.
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. Berkeley police arrested at least 21 people during a pro-Trump rally that became violent after counter-protesters clashed with demonstrators.
A volunteer medic washes a protester's face with milk after he was exposed to pepper spray on April 15, 2017. (Bert Johnson/KQED)

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