Supporters of Free Speech held an afternoon rally at Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley. Lauren Southern and Baked Alaska were among the conservative and libertarian speakers at the event.
The speeches were about free speech. In the spirit of this, organizers then opened up the microphone to Anti-Trump protesters who, initially, were respectful and non-violent.
Things took a turn for the worse when Gavin McInnes, a popular Libertarian commentator, reported that antifa protesters were defecating into their hands and throwing their feces at the free-speech group.
Warnings of this came from several sources, including @RavenHUWolf who reposted a circulating antifa graphic which shows men deficating on streets, signs and a police car. The text reads "Wear gloves. Shit in your hands. Throw it at them."
Four people have been arrested thus far— one for obstructing an officer by wearing a mask to evade police, and another for possessing a knife. Because police are enforcing the evasion law, most of the people who break the law today will likely be outed by vigilant folks on networks such as 8chan.
At 4:30pm local time, @katyeabbott posted a photograph of a growing police presence. Well over 50 officers in riot gear are establishing boundaries.
At 4:45pm @bakedalaska posted: "Protestor from ANTIFA side just arrested for throwing a glass bottle at Trump supporters."
@sean_k_davis tweeted, "Is anyone else getting the feeling that once it gets dark, shit's going to go down?"