More Than a Dozen People Arrested Amid Right-Wing Rally, Counterprotests in Berkeley

Protesters shout at each other during a free speech rally with right wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley on Sept. 24, 2017 in Berkeley. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Protesters shout at each other during a free speech rally with right wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley on Sept. 24, 2017 in Berkeley. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

More than a dozen people were arrested Sunday afternoon amid a tense right-wing rally and counter-protest in Berkeley that officials worried might see the kind of violence that broke out last year during showdowns among demonstrators after President Trump’s election.

About 500 people representing various groups showed up to the protests, said Berkeley police spokesman Officer Byron White. According to news reports, the several dozen right-wing demonstrators were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters.

By about 4 p.m., police had made about 17 arrests, most for possession of banned weapons, and there were reports that some protesters were throwing fireworks.

“There’s been some scuffles,” White said. “It’s not anything like the violence we’ve had in the past in terms of people fist-fighting in the street.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.