Protest turns violent as left and right-wing groups clash

Sunday's demonstration: activities and resources

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Law enforcement agencies have fielded a significant police presence at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park as police grappled with controlling the crowd and keeping the peace.

As protesters chanted "No Trump, No KKK, No fascist United States of America", conservative rally organisers showed their support for President Donald Trump.

San Francisco's mayor said Saturday's protests against a right-wing "freedom rally" that never happened were peaceful celebrations of love. Anti-fascist and anarchist protesters attacked when Joey Gibson of right-wing group Patriot Prayer arrived with a handful of supporters, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Here are photos of some of the action on Sunday.

Hundreds of people gathered on the UC Berkeley campus around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Jeff Conant, 50, of Berkeley, who helped organize the counterprotest, told the Chronicle it was "important for people to show up and make it unacceptable for right-wing white supremacists to spew hate and incite violence".

Protests in Berkeley have ended as crowds dissipated and police defended how they handled security at the rally.

The original "No to Marxism" protest had been denied a permit by the city, but a small group of protesters showed up anyway, as did 2,000 "largely peaceful" counter-demonstrators, the Mercury News reported. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee declared victory over a group he branded as inviting hate. Stern had nine siblings, and all but one died in the Holocaust.

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"I was scared they were going to kill him", Letson said. We just have bad people running it. So showing up was mandatory, showing up was the only way to shut them down. "We do not want white supremacists in our city". She joined the protests in Berkeley on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

Most of the 13 people arrested were locals from the East Bay, while others hailed from Oregon, Nevada and San Diego County.

Police in the San Francisco area have been braced for violence and trying to prevent protests that draw left-wing and right-wing opponents since the deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 that occurred during a rally of white supremacists.

Several hours later, the demonstration broke up without any further incidents. (John Sepulvado/KQED)Demonstrators hold signs at Oxford and Center streets in Berkeley on August 27, 2017. One of the protesters was removed as a large group chanted, "Nazi scum off our streets". "But I can say definitively that that was not the case today".

"Move back!" a police officer shouts at protesters.

Despite the cancellation, counter-demonstration organizers made a decision to proceed with the "Rally Against Hate".

Far-right protesters were scarce and didn't remain in the park long. Participants carried signs condemning white supremacy, racism and hate speech.

KQED's Carly Severn, John Sepulvado, Eli Wirtschafter, Erika Aguilar, Devin Katayama and Sheraz Sadiq contributed to the post.

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