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Unlawful assembly declared as Trump supporters, counter protesters clash in San Diego

Supporters of President Trump and counter demonstrators clashed during what San Diego authorities eventually declared an unlawful assembly on Saturday. 

Trump supporters faced off with a small group of people wearing black and carrying a flag depicting Antifa symbols on it, local television station KSWB reported

Police dispatched officers in riot gear to the Pacific Beach boardwalk to quell the unrest. Videos from the scene shows members of both groups pushing and yelling at one another and one person in black garb spraying a chemical irritant at another person. Several people are also seen throwing bottles or other items during the melee.

San Diego police said officers had been hit with bottles, and other items such as eggs and rocks were also thrown. 

Last Wednesday, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. as a joint session of Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 presidential election. 

Some Trump supporters have blamed the violence at the Capitol on Antifa, an assertion federal law enforcement officials shot down late last week. 

Several Trump supporters were arrested over the weekend in connection with Wednesday’s rioting. 

San Diego police have not announced any arrests stemming from Saturday’s clash. 

“We will continue to monitor both groups to help facilitate peaceful protests. However, we will not tolerate acts of violence,” the department said in a statement. “When rocks, bottles, pepper spray and other objects are thrown or used on our officers, actions will be taken against those who commit violent acts.”

 
 
 
 

 

 

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