You can’t say Berkeley, California isn’t a pacesetting city.
In the 1960’s it set the standard for free speech.
Now, in 2017, it sets the standard for censorship of anything the hard-left doesn’t want to hear…and doesn’t want anyone else to hear either.
Excerpted from Kyle Swenson’s article – in the Washington Post (complete with its clearly leftward-sympathetic, anti-Trump spin – this is the Washington Post, after all):
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.”
And although the anti-hate and left-wing protesters largely drowned out the smaller clutch of far-right marchers attending a planned “No to Marxism in America” rally, Sunday’s confrontation marked another street brawl between opposing ends of the political spectrum — violence that has become a regular feature of the Trump years and gives signs of spiraling upward, particularly in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville.
“We’re just puzzled as to why people consider violence a valid tactic,” Berkeley resident Kristin Leiumkuhler, 60, told SFGATE. She, like others had turned out with neighbors for a peaceful rally but left when things got ugly. “We felt disappointed and surprised by how many people were not in any way discreet about being with antifa — in fact being very bold and prepared to be violent.”
For the record, this so-called “rally against hate” was, in fact, a rally against a demonstration in support of free speech – one which was organized by conservatives, not by any White supremacist or neo-nazi group (note to mainstream media: there is such a thing as a conservative who is not a racist or nazi – a fact some of you seem to forget).
And it was called off. Not because of inclement weather or some other act of god, but because there was a guarantee of attack by violent “antifa” thugs in black with masks – the uniform media venues like the Washington Post have no problem with – and that, despite a few arrests, there is nothing Berkeley’s exclusively left-wing “leaders” would do about it, any more than they did months ago.
I especially love writer Swenson’s “violence that has become a regular feature of the Trump years” line. Uh, Kyle, “the Trump years” consists of 8 months, and virtually all the violence you are talking about has been started – and finished -by the Trump-hating, USA-hating, law-hating left. Other than that, you have it pretty much accurate.
And then there is Kristin Leiumkuhler’s puzzlement over why violence is considered a valid tactic. Here’s the news, Ms. Leiumkuhler: when violence by a group is accepted, even encouraged, by both what passes for law enforcement and its complicit media, there’s an excellent chance it will happen again and again.
As for the rest of us? Expect more of the same, expect it to become increasingly more violent, and expect our wonderful “neutral” media to pin it not on the people being violent, but on Republicans, conservatives and Trump.