SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists rapidly fell aside in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after a number of hundred counterprotesters surged the realm, outnumbering and attacking these gathered, together with knocking one within the mouth.
Staff Save America organized the rally to protest Twitter, which it stated squelches conservative speech.
Teams from each the conservative proper, together with alleged members of the Proud Boys, and from anti-fascist protesters gathered in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza and on a avenue close to Twitter’s Market Avenue headquarters in a protest over the social media large’s policing coverage of hate speech and pretend political information.
A photographer working for The Related Press witnessed an activist with Staff Save America taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the bottom by San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza.
Members of the group wore pink “Make America Nice Once more” Trump marketing campaign hats and carried pro-police “Skinny Blue Line” flags and U.S. flags.
Inside minutes of when the protest began, there was pushing, shoving and a few punches thrown between these protesting with opposing views. One of many protest organizers — Philip Anderson — was punched within the face.
Anderson posted images to social media of his bloody mouth with a entrance tooth lacking and one other hanging loosely. He stated anti-fascist protesters attacked him “for no cause.”
Anderson took the stage at about 1 p.m. and was greeted by chants and plastic water bottles and glass bottles thrown over police barricades.
Anderson known as the counterprotesters hypocrites and stated they’re the explanation why he’s voting for President Donald Trump.
“I like America, I like this nation and I like free speech,” he stated.
The occasion was canceled, though each side lingered within the space.
Proper wing free speech rally didn’t final lengthy. Toothless Anderson and crew escorted away, protesters take to streets and march to Twitter HQ. pic.twitter.com/4SajHc5Q7N
— Denis Ivan Perez (@dpi_19) October 17, 2020
Dozens of riot-clad San Francisco law enforcement officials had arrange obstacles within the United Nations Plaza and stored a cautious eye over the gathering.
Ultimately, the gang of Antifa supporters additionally spilled over onto Market Avenue and commenced marching down towards the waterfront.
Protect line is slowly making its means down Market Avenue pic.twitter.com/WIYx19PwkQ
— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) October 17, 2020
The free speech protest occurred simply hours after hundreds of demonstrators had taken to San Francisco streets for Girls’s March 2020 and chanted “Dump Trump, Save Roe, Amy Barrett has acquired to go.”
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