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Conservatives staging free speech rally attacked by critics

The attacks occurred Saturday at a gathering in San Francisco.

A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotestors surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth.

A photographer working for The Associated Press witnessed an activist with Team Save America taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the ground by San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza.

Team Save America organized the rally to protest Twitter, which it said squelches conservative speech.

Members of the group wore red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hats and carried pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags and U.S. flags.

Philip Anderson, the organizer of the event, posted photos to social media of his bloody mouth with a front tooth missing and another hanging loosely. He said anti-fascist protesters attacked him “for no reason.”

Anderson took the stage at about 1 p.m. and was greeted by chants and plastic water bottles and glass bottles thrown over police barricades.

The event was canceled, although both sides lingered in the area into the afternoon.

Messages left with the San Francisco Police Department were not immediately returned Saturday.

Anderson called the counterprotesters hypocrites and said they are the reason why he’s voting for President Donald Trump.

“I love America, I love this country and I love free speech,” he said.

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Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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4 Comments

  1. Ron Ogden

    October 17, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Further proof, if any needed, that Antifa is actually “fa”.

  2. Sonja Fitch

    October 18, 2020 at 6:28 am

    The proof is still out on who the protesters represented! Think this was just a staged event by the goptrump death cult supporters ! The goptrump death cult is absolutely so brainwashed and braindead they are willing to DIE and LIE for goptrump cult leader Trump! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  3. martin

    October 18, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    further proof that this will continue if biden-harris are elected.

  4. Joe Fatala

    October 18, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. If you believe the “Counterprotesters” weren’t GOP paid shills, I have a bridge I’d lke to sell you.

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