Thousands of protesters gathered for so-called “Tax Marches” in at least 180 cities across 48 states Saturday to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns — but it was the rally in Berkeley, California, that stole headlines for acts of anti-Trump violence.
In Berkeley the Tax March, which took place April 15 on the U.S.’s traditional “Tax Day,” collided with a counter-protest dubbed the “Patriots Day” rally.
“I got hit in the back of the head with some sticks,” Ben Bergquam of Fresno, a “Patriots Day” rallier, told the San Francisco Chronicle as blood streamed down his face and as he held a crumpled sign reading, “Stop Liberal Intolerance.”
“I don’t agree with everything Trump says, but I don’t agree with violence,” Berquam said.
Numerous fistfights broke out as anti-Trumpers targeted pro-Trump ralliers in Berkeley. A firecracker explosion occurred at one point, while police clad in riot gear struggled to subdue the crowd and move it to safety. Many people were left beaten, bloodied, and dealing with the aftereffects of pepper spray.
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