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Berkeley Cops Surrender Park To Antifa

At the planned rightist march in Berkeley today, very few conservatives or alt-righters showed up, but antifa did. From the LA Times [1]:

Some anti-facists protesters, known as antifa, pounced when Joey Gibson, founder of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, showed up with his crew. The protesters beat one man with a shield and another person wearing an American flag.

Some of the antifa protesters also threatened to break the cameras of anyone who filmed them, including journalists. One reporter tweeted that he had been pepper sprayed in one scuffle.

Moderate counter protesters were upset with the violence. “We need to get antifa out of here,” said Jack Harris, who helped break up a fight.

Andrew Noruk, who was wearing a T-shirt denouncing both the Republican and Democratic parties when two young women came up to him and started yelling at him.

“You’re a Nazi,” they shouted, leaving Noruk, who said he came out to protest Trump supporters, confused.

Noruk denounced the fights breaking out near the park, claiming antifa and black bloc anarchists have given Trump’s supporters exactly what they wanted: footage of violence perpetrated against the presidents supporters in a historically liberal city.

“We can’t keep producing this audio visual propaganda,” he said. “It is recruiting for the right.”

Damn right it is. Why do the police allow this? Why are they not arresting antifa and throwing the book at them? This is outrageous, the way the Berkeley police behaved. From the Sacramento Bee: [2]

Black-clad anarchists on Sunday stormed into what had been a largely peaceful Berkeley protest against hate and attacked at least five people, including the leader of a politically conservative group who canceled an event a day earlier in San Francisco amid fears of violence.

The group of more than 100 hooded protesters, with shields emblazoned with the words “no hate” and waving a flag identifying themselves as anarchists, busted through police lines, avoiding security checks by officers to take away possible weapons. Then the anarchists blended with a crowd of 2,000 largely peaceful protesters who turned up to demonstrate in a “Rally Against Hate” opposed to a much smaller gathering of right-wing protesters.

Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood defended how police handled the protest, saying they made a strategic decision to let the anarchists enter to avoid more violence.

Greenwood said “the potential use of force became very problematic” given the thousands of peaceful protesters in the park. Once anarchists arrived, it was clear there would not be dueling protests between left and right so he ordered his officers out of the park and allowed the anarchists to march in.

More:

Police pulled one supporter of President Donald Trump out of the park over a wall by his shirt as a crowd of about two dozen counter-demonstrators surrounded him and chanted “Nazi go home” and pushed him toward the edge of the park. At least two people were detained by officers for wearing bandannas covering their faces.

Anti-rally protesters chanted slogans “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA” and carried signs that said: “Berkeley Stands United Against Hate.”

So an American man cannot peacefully state his support for the President of the United States without a mob of bullies surrounding him and physically coercing him?

Berkeley does not stand united against hate. Berkeley hates. Keep it up, leftists. You are doing the work of your enemies. Here’s a short clip showing an antifa mob attacking a teenage boy Trump supporter and his father in Berkeley today, plus a short interview with them after the event. Warning: there’s an f-bomb in the first few seconds of the crowd footage:

More photos of antifa and others attacking peaceful protesters. [3] Note well that in the city of Berkeley, in the United States of America, you cannot appear in public to support the president without being jumped by antifa. The police cannot be counted on to protect you. And the liberal institutions in this country — especially the media — do not seem overly concerned about the threat antifa poses to civil order and free speech in America.

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103 Comments To "Berkeley Cops Surrender Park To Antifa"

#1 Comment By B Y On August 31, 2017 @ 11:20 am

I have always supported the police and blue lives matter….but they no longer protect us. Republicans. Guess we have to organise and protect ourselves.

#2 Comment By MM On August 31, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

“But they no longer protect us.”

Sorry, BY, and I imagine the public is mostly unaware, but we have no statutory or Constitutional right to police protection, either under federal law or the U.S. Constitution. See Castle Rock v. Gonzales (2005), though it goes back farther than that.

Conversely, we also have no statutory or Constitutional right to government benefits, either welfare or entitlements. See Flemming v. Nestor (1960).

It certainly puts the strategies of both major political parties into some perspective, when they promise everything to everybody; essentially vote-buying for dummies.

#3 Comment By O’Brien On September 1, 2017 @ 5:28 am

Berkeley does not hate like the extremists citizens on the right. This is from Fortune, formerly house organ of the National Association of Manufacturers, back when Mr. Luce was around. Hardly a hotbed of leftiness. Wired magazine also reported the same story.
When those on the left get busted for planning demonstrations that they want to end in gunfights, accuse them of whatever you will. Vehement hostility towards the people described in the following story should, I think, be considered basic decency.
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Leaked Chats Show Charlottesville Marchers Were Planning for Violence
David Z. Morris
Aug 26, 2017

Well before a white nationalist “Unite the Right” demonstration turned deadly in Charlottesville this month, attendees were planning for violence, according to leaked online chats. In private chat channels, they shared advice on weaponry and tactics, including repeatedly broaching the idea of driving vehicles through opposition crowds. After the vehicular attack which killed counterprotestor Heather Heyer, users of the channel celebrated the event.

The discussions took place on a private channel created using Discord, a service primarily intended for gamers. Hundreds of screenshots of the exchanges were released this week by Unicorn Riot, a left-wing activist group, which said they were shared by an anonymous source. The records also included audio recordings of planning meetings.
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While much of the discussion centered on flags, chants, and other forms of speech, the leaked exchanges also included advice on weapon construction. “You want something designed for longitudinal stress,” wrote one poster. “[Three] whacks and that thing is breaking.” Other topics included body armor and shield design.

Users also shared memes alluding to using vehicles against opponents.

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There’s no indication that James Alex Fields, the driver of the car that killed Heyer and injured more than a dozen others, was part of the Discord discussion, but his act was celebrated and defended by users, including some who edited images of the carnage into memes that were intended to be humorous.

Organizers of the event told Wired that the leaked chats appeared authentic, but emphasized that they had repeatedly urged nonviolence. Nonetheless, a lawyer for two women injured in Charlottesville said that the leaked chats could form “the crux of the case” because they demonstrated a desire for violence.

The records could also have implications for future efforts to organize white supremacist events. While the First Amendment protects the right to speech and assembly for even the most heinous groups and ideas, it does not protect speech if it calls for and is likely to lead to “imminent lawless action.” According to legal experts speaking to Wired, signs of “preparation for illegal activity” could make it more likely that future events organized by related groups could be legally restricted.

Following the protest and attack, Discord suspended the group’s private chat channel.