Berkeley police arrest 13 during Tax Day rallies

18 April, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Michele Stevens
  • Simultaneous rallies for, against President Trump to be held Saturday in Berkeley

With assistance from the Oakland Police Department, the Berkeley police fared better at keeping the peace than they did in February, when violent demonstrators set fires and destroyed more than $100,000 worth of property that forced the cancelation of a speech by then-Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley.

Authorities had said ahead of the rallies, that baseball bats, sticks, flagpoles and any items that could be used as a weapon were banned at the park.

One of Trump's sharpest critics in the House spoke to protesters at the U.S. Capitol just before they set off on a march to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, of California, said there's nothing to prevent Trump from releasing his income taxes and that "the simple truth is he's got a lot to hide".

Police intervene as Trump supporters clash with protesters in Berkeley.

Close to 11 people were injured in the skirmishes and some of them were taken to hospital for treatment.

The protests in more than a dozen cities Saturday were largely peaceful, though occasionally demonstrators and some pro-Trump groups ended up face-to-face exchanging taunts.

Trump supporters face off with protesters Saturday in Berkeley, California. "Another person was sprayed with what we believe is. pepper spray".

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A police officer required treatment after someone threw either pepper spray or tear gas into the crowd, White told CNN.

Daryl Tempesta (52), who said he served in the US Air Force near the end of the Cold War, went to the rally to show his support for Trump.

"I don't mind hitting" the counter-demonstrators, whom he called "neo-Nazis", Rhodes said. Civic Center Park. A regularly scheduled farmer's market, which is usually held adjacent to the park, was cancelled as a precaution. "Rain or shine or fascism we will be here", said a young woman operating the cash register.

The police presence was light there and only two or three officers were seen near the crossroads.

Ten people were arrested during the March 4 protests on charges of battery, assault and resisting arrest, according to local news reports.

The protest follows a series of demonstrations - both violent and non-violent - that have swept the country since President Trump took office in January.

Celebrities and lawmakers joined a Tax Day demonstration in New York City, where protesters planned to march to Trump Tower to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. "That's a message I can get behind".

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