Fourteen arrested in California as Trump supporters, opponents clash
News reports said hundreds of people gathered at a park including Trump supporters who held a free speech rally, while opponents of Trump policies shouted and chanted. Several fights broke out, according to the East Bay Times newspaper.
CNN reported that 14 people were taken into custody.
“We’re going to review any surveillance video recordings from the area, as well as videos the public sends in to us, and perhaps send out arrest warrants for those people as well,” Berkeley police spokesman Byron White told CNN.
“The two injuries that were reported to us, one involved an officer who was exposed to what we believe is tear gas,” he said. “Another person was sprayed with what we believe is… pepper spray.”
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News reports said Trump policy foes waved signs reading “No! Pussy-Grabbing! No! Patriarchy! No! Fascist USA! Drive out Trump-Pence regime!” and “Fascist scum your time is done.”
Supporters held signs in support of “Free Speech.”
The protests were timed to coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for US tax filings.
Thousands of protesters gathered Saturday in cities across the United States to pressure Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has refused to make.