Pro-Trump, anti-Trump protestors collide in Berkeley; 13 arrested

A free-speech rally in Berkeley, California turned violent on Saturday when pro-Trump attendees clashed with counter protesters.

There were loud explosions and fistfights among members of both groups, and a citizen militia group wearing security gear showed up to protect the pro-Trump demonstrators.

As of noon or just after, police said they had made 15 arrests and anticipated more.

Berkley police arrested 13 people and seized prohibited items, including a flagpole, knife, stun gun and helmets, according to KABC. Right-wing groups held Trump campaign signs and posters that read "Free speech", among others. Protesters jumped over the barrier several times and engaged in altercations with the opposing sides.

"I feel we are going down the rabbit hole", he said.

"We do care. We want to see his taxes", said Ann Demerlis, who was among hundreds who marched in Philadelphia from City Hall to an area in front of historic Independence Hall, carrying signs and chanting "We want your taxes now!" The woman has not been identified at this time.

An anti-Trump protester named Geoff Millard said the rallies by pro-Trump campaigners were meant to intimidate the other side.

Organisers of the "Tax March" in more than 150 cities across the country and beyond wanted to call attention to Mr Trump's refusal to disclose his tax history, which his White House predecessors had done for more than 40 years.

"We must become like them", she said referring to her opponents, "subversive". A regularly scheduled farmer's market, which is usually held adjacent to the park, was canceled as a precaution.

About two dozen police officers showed up at the park early Saturday and set up a narrow entrance to control access. Several people were injured and police arrested 10 demonstrators.

Anti-Trump protesters took the streets across America on Saturday to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns.

In February, protesters threw rocks, broke windows and set fires outside the University of California, Berkeley's student union building, where then-Breitbart News editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was set to speak.

Toward that end, police checked backpacks before allowing them into the park.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer). Demonstrators participate in a march and rally to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in NY.

  • Zachary Reyes