America watched in horror as the events of Hurricane Harvey unfolded over the last few days. However, in Berkely, there was another event unfolding that many people were witness to. Antifa spent the weekend doing what they do best, attacking Americans who disagree with them. Thirteen Antifa members were arrested at Berkely over the weekend in connection to violence against mainly peaceful, right-wing protesters.
The Antifa protests were staged to counter the “No to Marxism” rally that never happened. Despite the event being canceled, over 4,000 people, mainly leftists and Antifa members arrived to protest.
Many of them chanted slogans like “No Trump, no wall, no USA at all.”
Protesters also set up a separate demonstration on the UC Berkeley campus to “rally against hate.”
Berkeley police told CBS San Francisco that they arrested 13 suspects, between ages 20 to 47, on suspicion of various offenses. Certain individuals were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault, and violations of the city’s municipal code. Police said that most of the suspects are from Berkeley and Oakland, although one is from Sparks, Nevada.
One officer suffered injuries while conducting an arrest, while others were struck by paint. Six people received injuries serious enough to require medical attention by paramedics, and two had to be hospitalized for further treatment, police reported.
The Berkely police department released the identities of all 13 suspects.
Seth Vazquez, 25, of Berkeley Mark Misohink, 23, of Oakland James Dominic, 23, of Oakland Kristopher Wyrick, 39, of Alpine (San Diego County) Harlan Pankau, 38, of Jamul (San Diego County) Levi Smith, 32, of Sparks, Nevada Sean Hines, 20, of Santa Rosa Brittany Moorman, 26, of Oakland Yesenia Mendez, 22, city unknown Emily Gillespie, 22, of Berkeley Sean Dougan, 47, of Portland, Oregon Rachel Moore, 40, of Oakland Joshua Phillips, 36, of Oakland
One of the right-wing protesters shared her story with Fox News. She claimed to have heard numerous violent threats from the Antifa instigators.
“They came with black masks, they carried weapons, they were pounding people down with their fists and their feet,” Berkeley College Republican Ashton Whitty said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
“I knew I had to get out of there so I contacted someone I knew who came to the rally,” she said. “I got out of there by car. We drove down to safety. They asked me what happened. They filmed me and I look over and there’s a woman on her phone and she’s texting and she’s staring us down. Two minutes later these guys show up, they start threatening us, they hit the car with some lead pipes, they’re cussing at us, telling us we’re ‘dead men,” that there’s more of them. I find out then that Antifa actually had several people posted around Berkeley tracking us and telling people our location by social media.”
There were more than 100 violent Antifa protesters carrying shields with the words “no hate” and waving a flag identifying themselves as anarchists. They broke through security lines to reach the conservative protesters and attacked.