Clashes, Brawls Break Out at Berkeley 'Anti-Nazi' Rally

StoryfulNewsPublished: August 27, 2017
Published: August 27, 2017

Violence broke out between Antifa demonstrators and white nationalist counter-protesters at a rally in Berkeley, California, on Sunday, August 27. The protest started peacefully, with police in riot gear anticipating any problems. The escalation reportedly started at around noon when several protesters jumped barricades and started fighting. Police fired at least one rubber bullet and sprayed tear gas, while groups set off purple smoke bombs. These videos show the brawls, as well as one Antifa demonstrator burning a “Make America Great Again” hat. Some of the brawls were centered around Johnny Benitez, described by the Los Angeles Times as a “well-known Orange County far-right figure.” He can be seen in the videos wearing a black shirt with the words “Infidel” across the front. Prior to the rally, he posted this tweet with the same shirt and holding torches, writing, “Getting ready for patriot stuff.” Credit: Instagram/Lorenzo Paolo Morotti via Storyful

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