To understand the beatdowns by leftists in Berkeley on Sunday, one needs to understand what happened across the bay in San Francisco the day before.
A group calling itself, Patriot Prayer, had announced days earlier that it would rally in favor of free speech at Crissy Field in San Francisco. The city refused to grant a permit charging that the group was really a white supremacist group planning to engage in violence.
Patriot Prayer took the city to court and a judge ruled that the group could rally.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee sucked it up and prepared to do what he could to keep things peaceful. All San Francisco police were required to be on duty on Saturday and the police announced that no sticks, pepper spray etc. would be allowed in the park.
The Mayor seemed to have things under control.
But the day before the scheduled protest,
the leader of the group, Joey Gibson, announced that he did not feel safe in the park and he canceled the event but he announced that, instead, he would hold a press conference at Alamo Park, also in San Francisco, and that all the speakers who were to be at Crissy Field would be at the park.
Gibson canceled a protest which would have had a large contingent of police to protect him, police who would see to it that no one would be carrying sticks or anything else that could result in serious injuries and, instead, called a press conference at a park that the police had not thought out a plan for.
The SFPD though surrounded Alamo Park and closed it down.
Later that afternoon, Gibson appeared on video to talk about the cancellation of his free speech rally on the below clip with Based Stickman (Nothing interesting in the clip. It is just important to know it happened. You can skip it.).
Here is the East Bay Express reporting earlier this month on Based Stickman:
Kyle [Based Stickman] Chapman, who is accused of engaging in violent brawls in Berkeley during pro-Trump and "alt right" rallies earlier this year, was cuffed and taken to jail from an Alameda County courtroom this morning after a judge set his bail at $135,000.Here is Based Stickman in action:
Chapman, a Daly City resident, is charged by the district attorney with possession of an illegal weapon in the form of a stick. Berkeley police officers wrote in charging documents that he was seen beating people with the stick and dousing people with pepper spray on March 4.
At a morning court hearing in Oakland, Judge Mark McCannon told Chapman that he can't possess any weapons until his case is resolved. "You are to have no weapons of any kind — sticks, knives, pepper spray," the judge said.
So you get to decide, are these guys just rallying for free speech or provocateurs?
The left certainly wasn't fooled by the attempted change in location.
Here's a tweet from a violent lefty group, By Any Means Necessary, out of Berkeley:
Things were different on Sunday.
Days earlier, an anti-Marxist rally on Sunday in Berkeley was called by transgender Amber Cummings.
But, you guessed it, 48 hours before the rally, Amber canceled it.
In a statement issued Friday, Cummings expressed "grave concerns for the safety of people" who had planned to attend the 1 p.m. protest at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
Cummings, though, emphasized that a one-person rally, featuring just her, would still occur Sunday.
You can imagine how the left dealt with that. Here is BAMN again:
But the police handled things differently in Berkeley than the day before in San Francisco. They appeared to have stood down.All Out To Berkely Today August 27th to Shut Down Alt-Right and Nazis! No More Charlottesvilles! New gathering... https://t.co/IiNE3yDGvq— BAMN (@followbamn) August 27, 2017
Here is a San Francisco Chronicle tweet by reporter Lizzie Johnson when she reported from the scene:
The #Berkeley police have stood down. A sea of black masks as far as I can see. This is what WAS NOT supposed to happen. pic.twitter.com/uqsFJqPqd7— Lizzie Johnson (@lizziejohnsonnn) August 27, 2017
Antifa, BAMN, Black Bloc all appeared to be there---and no one took their sticks away
"Take his camera, take his phone," they are shouting at a journalist. #berkeley pic.twitter.com/hvsQ5eXalE— Lizzie Johnson (@lizziejohnsonnn) August 27, 2017
The "mainstream" socialists ended up chanting Antifa chants:
We apparently have violent extremist groups on the Left and the Right.
They appear to have all now adopted the Leninist tactic of using rallying cries that few would argue with: free speech, anti-racism, etc..
Some of the groups may be sincere in their causes but some of them are not and have much darker goals, like the violent tear down of the entire country or large parts of it.
But they can attract a lot of people with their popular slogans. Tens of thousands turned out in Boston for an "anti-racist" counter-protest launched by lefty socialists against a "free speech" rally that the left called a cover for a white supremacy rally.
How much violence occurs appears to be a function of what the police allow. In Boston and San Francisco, the police presence was professional and well organized. They stopped trouble before it could get out of hand. In Charlottesville and Berekely it was not.
Both the extreme left and the extreme right appear to want more violence.
Alan Dershowitz has it right about these people:
Bottom line: The violent extremists appear to be gaining traction, especially those on the left. There were an awful lot of hooded, masked protesters in Berkeley, more so than at any previous protest in the area.
Be very suspicious of any new allegedly free speech, anti-racist, anti-Marxist etc. groups They want crowds and recruits so that they can do more violent work with the ultimate goal of installing their own brand of totalitarianism.
The right will get juiced by seeing the violent left and the left will get juiced by seeing the violent right, thus expanding both groups.
Not good. To the degree these groups gain traction, it is going to splinter the country into two very violent opposing totalitarian sides with few understanding what the leaders of both sides want--the total destruction of the old fashioned American way.
There is nothing libertarian about this. We should not get sucked into this battle on either side. These are bad people.