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Violent clashes over Donald Trump in California park



At least 20 people have been arrested after supporters and opponents of Donald Trump clashed in a California park.
 
Police were forced to use an explosive device to restore order after 1,000 people from competing rallies gathered in the park in Berkeley.


Local media reports said at least 11 people were injured.


A Reuters journalist at the scene described seeing several people with bloodied faces and minor injuries.


Hundreds of Trump opponents staged a counter-rally alongside an event billed as a "Patriots Day" free speech pro-Trump rally and picnic.


Among the Trump opponents were some protesters dressed in black and wearing masks.


The other side included self-described "patriots" and "nationalists", Trump supporters, free speech advocates, and other groups.


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 Mr Trump.


"As a veteran, I like the track America is on, and that Trump is willing to stand and say we are still America and we are not going to be globalist, we're not going to be a communist country," Tempesta told Reuters.
 
 
"That's a message I can get behind."


A weekly farmers market was cancelled ahead of the rally due to concerns about violence.


However, a stall selling fresh vegetables remained open for business amid the fist fighting, explosions from firecrackers and smoke.


"We decided to show up anyway because this is our livelihood," said Tim Mueller, a farmer who owns the stall, surrounded by protesters on both sides.


At least 100 people from both camps eventually moved out of the park and continued fighting in the city's streets.


Berkeley has a long history of liberal activism and the University of California, Berkeley was a centre of protests in the 1960s.


Elsewhere, celebrities joined thousands of protesters across America to call on President Trump to release his tax returns.


Organisers said marches took place in about 150 US cities on Saturday.





SKY    News.
 


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