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Violence at Berkeley 'March 4 Trump'

Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 00:52

Scuffles break out at a rally attended by dueling groups of anti and pro-Trump protesters in the famously left-leaning city of Berkeley, California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Supporters at a "March 4 Trump" rally in favor of U.S. President Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters in the famously left-leaning city of Berkeley, California, in what appeared to be the only episode of violence around several pro-Trump events across the country on Saturday (March 4). At a park in Berkeley, across the bay from San Francisco, protesters from both sides struck their opponents over the head with wooden sticks. Trump supporters fired pepper spray at counter-protesters as police in riot gear stood at a distance. Local media showed scuffles breaking out in the crowd as dueling groups of protesters chanted and waved flags. Organizers of the so-called Spirit of America rallies in at least 28 of the country's 50 states had said they expected smaller turn-outs than the huge crowds of anti-Trump protesters that clogged the streets of Washington, D.C., and other cities the day after his inauguration on Jan. 20. Their predictions appeared to be correct, as they were for similar rallies on Monday. In many towns and cities, the rallies did not draw more than a few hundred people, and some were at risk of being outnumbered by small groups of anti-Trump protesters that gathered to shout against the rallies. In Berkeley, the total crowd of both supporters and detractors numbered 200 to 300 people, police spokesman Byron White said. One person was hit on the head in the melee and another one had teeth knocked out, White said, adding that police made one arrest. Video posted to social media soon after the fighting broke out showed men with American flags facing off against other men dressed in black. The violence comes a month after mask-wearing protesters at the University of California, Berkeley, shut down a planned speech by a far-right speaker by lighting fires and smashing windows.

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Violence at Berkeley 'March 4 Trump'

Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 00:52