Demonstrators for and against President Donald Trump squared off in Pacific Beach, with police reportedly arresting at least three people after declaring an unlawful assembly when officers were hit with rocks, pepper spray, bottles and eggs.
The two protests, one from Trump supporters and the other from anti-fascists, began near the entrance to the Crystal Pier at 4500 Oceanside Blvd. about 1 p.m. Saturday, and by 3:40 p.m., crowds from both sides began to disperse.
At least three people were taken into custody for refusal to disperse, according to NBC 7. The San Diego Police Department said Sunday it would release the total number of those arrested on Monday.
About 100 Trump supporters and 100 counter-protesters clashed at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Hornblend Street until a growing size of police officers on foot and on bikes arrived to separate them.
After incidents of violence were directed at officers, the police department declared the demonstration an unlawful assembly, about 2:30 p.m.
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“Please clear the area and head away from the scene,” police aired from a police helicopter loudspeaker.
“Those who remain or return against this lawful order may be cited/arrested and risk exposure to chemical agents and less-lethal force applications,” police told the two groups.
In video posted online, a group of black-clad protesters, one displaying an “Antifascist Action” banner, could be heard chanting “racists go home.”
Rocks & bottles are being thrown at officers. Pepper spray (OC) from the crowd is being sprayed towards officers.
— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) January 9, 2021
A pro-Trump “Patriot March” had been announced for 2 p.m. but some anti-fascist protesters arrived earlier and began chanting.
Scuffle just happened. Some racists just got ran out. pic.twitter.com/tCEjZW9cig
— The Activated Podcast (@TheActivatedPod) January 9, 2021
Pro-Trump demonstrators and counter protesters were squaring off in front of the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach today, in front of a heavy presence of San Diego Police Department officers. pic.twitter.com/9CjUvrM3MU
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) January 9, 2021
Updated at 10:55 a.m. Jan. 10, 2021
— City News Service