Once again, Berkeley embarrasses the nation by standing aside for fascists. The WaPo story is behind a paywall, but Robert Stacy McCain has laid it out; excerpt:
Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about a 100 anarchists and antifa — “anti-fascist” — barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering.
Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifas, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed “fascist go home!”
All told, the Associated Press reported at least five individuals were attacked. An AP reporter witnessed the assaults. Berkeley Police’s Lt. Joe Okies told The Washington Post the rally resulted in “13 arrests on a range of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing a police officer, and various Berkeley municipal code violations.”
Look over those numbers above. Over 100 “Antifa” fascists forcefully invaded the rally. Hooded and masks, bearing weapons, they attacked people whose only offense was expressing opinions contrary to those of the fascists.
Now, it will be interesting to see what becomes of the perps charged with assault with a deadly weapon. That’s a pretty serious charge, and can carry a pretty serious prison time. It’s impossible to see why all 100 or so fascists, who broke into a peaceful gathering bearing weapons, are not charged with this offense. But let me hazard a guess as to what will happen with the fascists who were so charged: