Berkeley Police Allowed Antifa to Jump Barricades, Assault Demonstrators

Berkeley Police Allowed Antifa to Jump Barricades, Assault Demonstrators, by Joel Pollack.

Berkeley police deliberately allowed masked “Antifa” anarchists to jump a barricade and attack a demonstration by a peaceful right-wing group on Sunday, leading to five assaults, including on Patriot Prayer group leader Joey Gibson.

The counter-demonstration had reportedly been “largely peaceful” until that point. …

The original “No to Marxism” protest had been denied a permit by the city, but a small group of protesters showed up anyway, as did 2,000 “largely peaceful” counter-demonstrators, the Mercury News reported. SFGate.com reported that there were 400 police on hand to prevent violence. But they stepped aside, the Mercury News reported, when over 100 masked anarchists “busted through police lines, avoiding security checks by officers to take away possible weapons.”

The result was several severe beatings of those who had gathered to protest against Marxism. Thirteen of the anarchists were arrested, the Chronicle reported.

The Los Angeles Times reported the violence as if it had simply been spontaneous, and involved both sides: “Violence breaks out at Berkeley protest,” its headline read.

But the Mercury News report, citing Berkeley law enforcement authorities directly, made it clear that police knew that “Antifa” intended to cause violence, and allowed it to happen.

So leftist thugs rule some US streets, aided by he bureaucracy? Hard to see any other interpretation, given that it has happened several times now.