Amid nationwide tensions following a riot at the U.S. Capitol, scenes of unrest surfaced in California over the weekend as left-wing anarchists clashed with supporters of President Donald Trump.
In San Diego’s Pacific Beach, video shows reported members of Antifa surrounding and attacking a group of Trump supporters with pepper spray and projectiles, Breitbart revealed Saturday.
“Patriot March” interrupted
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, some 100 leftist counter-protesters intercepted a “Patriot March” held by a roughly equal crowd of Trump supporters in San Diego’s Pacific Beach on Saturday, with police officers caught in the middle.
In one incident captured on video, a group of Antifa protesters surrounded and assaulted Trump supporters with pepper spray, Breitbart reported. They went on to chase the Trump supporters, shouting and pelting projectiles at them. (Editor’s note: The video shown below contains graphic content and language.)
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Five injured, three arrests
Police reported that eggs, rocks, and bottles were thrown at the cops at times, and they were targeted with pepper spray, according to The San Diego Tribune.
“We will continue to monitor both groups to help facilitate peaceful protests. However, we will not tolerate acts of violence,” the San Diego Police Department said in a tweet. “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.”
Five police officers suffered minor injuries, and three arrests were made, according to Fox 5 in San Diego. The protests eventually dispersed around 6 p.m., hours after police called an unlawful assembly, the outlet noted.
Antifa: A continued menace
The demonstrations came days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, prompting condemnation of an “insurrection” and calls for President Trump’s removal from power.
There have been some complaints of a double standard, however, after Democrats dismissed a summer of left-wing riots in which Antifa and Black Lives Matter-aligned demonstrators played a significant role, with Joe Biden famously calling Antifa an “idea.”
The violent group has continued to menace the public in the months since; seven members were recently charged with vandalizing federal buildings in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve, according to Fox News. Authorities reportedly found Molotov cocktails as well.
In Manhattan, Antifa members made a show of strength on Sunday with a march numbering hundreds through Midtown, chanting “burn it down” as they passed a police station, according to the New York Post. There were no reports of violence.