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Updated: 7:42 PM PDT Aug 25, 2017
Rallies in San Francisco, Berkeley canceled by organizers
SAN FRANCISCO (KCRA) —
Organizers of an alt-right rally that was scheduled to be held at Crissy Field in San Francisco said Friday they have canceled the event.
The group, called Patriot Prayer, was going to host the Freedom Rally from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The organizer posted on Facebook there will be a news conference instead at 2 p.m. in Alamo Park.
“We are asking the city to keep us safe (during the news conference). We are all excited for Berkeley!!” organizer Joey Gibson said.
Gibson said during a Facebook Live that they are canceling the event due to “violence brought on” by the city’s leaders, NBC Bay Area reported.
Organizers of ‘No to Marxism’ rally in Berkeley also cancel event
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —
Two right-wing rallies planned for the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area were canceled Friday, with organizers citing threats from left-wing agitators, but local officials said they remained concerned about the potential for violence.
A Saturday “freedom rally” planned near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was canceled by the group Patriot Prayer, which said it would hold a news conference at a city park instead.
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson said his followers would instead attend an anti-Marxist rally in nearby Berkeley on Sunday, but a short time later the organizer of that rally called it off.
“I am asking that no one come to my event,” Amber Cummings said in a lengthy statement issued via Facebook. She said she had “grave concerns for the safety of the people attending my event.”
Cummings said her rally was “to speak out against the political violence happening to people who do not agree” with left-wing ideology, and that the meaning was being lost as rhetoric around the rally escalated. However, she said she “alone” would still show up Sunday.
Mistrust remained high on both sides.