At least three were arrested for refusing to leave the scene after the meeting was declared illegal « due to acts of violence »
| 01/10/2021 | ionicons-v5-c09: 02 | . |
USA- Protesters For and against the US President, Donald Trump clashed with each other and with police officers in Pacific Beach, in San Diego (Southern California), and at least three were arrested for refusing to leave the venue after « due to acts of violence » the meeting was declared illegal.
With the takeover of Congress in Washington by supporters of the president last Wednesday still fresh in memory, Trump supporters participated Saturday afternoon in a « Patriotic March » in defense of « our republic, our Constitution and our freedom. »
According to local television channels, anti-Trump groups called people to appear in the same place to prevent the « fascist demonstration » and the two groups ended up in a fight, so the police had to intervene to separate them and then to drive them away of the place.
According to the Police Department of San Diego, the protesters They threw rocks, bottles, eggs and other objects at the officers and peppered them.
In their messages, the police did not specify whether it was only one of the groups or both that attacked the riot police sent to the scene.
About three hours after the start of the demonstrations, the Police managed to completely evacuate the area.
« We will always facilitate peaceful protests, but we will not tolerate acts of violence, » police wrote on Twitter.
A police spokesman told the local NBC network that three people were detained.
The newspaper San Diego The Union-Tribune put about one hundred protesters of each side and affirmed that the Police took « hours » to control the situation.
Some of the protesters Anti-Trump wore T-shirts with legends of the Antifa organization and the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to that newspaper, the « Patriotic March » had been called for days before the takeover of Congress in Washington by Trump supporters, which caused five deaths, injuries and numerous damage to the building.
That day, the Trumpists had previously attended a rally in which the president urged them to march to the Capitol, where at that time the two houses of Congress were holding meetings to certify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the elections last November.
Democrats and Republicans have blamed Trump for what happened, who claims without evidence to have been the victim of electoral « theft » and may face impeachment in Congress before Biden takes office on January 20. (With information from agencies)