Scuffles, fistfights erupt as pro and anti-Trump rallies clash in Berkeley (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Clashes between opposing political camps erupted in Berkeley, California, as Trump supporters and opponents squared off under the watchful eye of police in riot gear. No injuries have yet been reported.
People participating in the "March 4 Trump" demonstration, to show support for President Donald Trump, were met by a "By Any Means Necessary" counter-demonstration group in downtown Berkeley on Saturday afternoon.
Dozens of rival activists stood face to face, chanting at each other “No racist, fascist USA” and "Build the wall,” before violence erupted.
The police contingent, deployed to the scene for security following last month clashes failed to intervene when the first punches were thrown at about 2pm, local time, East Bay Times reports.
While it is unclear who started the fight, which involved roughly a dozen people from both camps, riot gear police allowed the scuffle to play-out. A half-hour later, another fight flared up, followed by smaller, sporadic scuffles, which the publication noted involved mostly anti-Trump protesters.
Smoke bombs were also thrown by the protesters.
The rally proceeded to the University of California, Berkeley campus where organizers planned to meet at 3pm, according to police.