SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A free speech demonstration staged by Conservative activists quickly fell apart on Saturday in downtown San Francisco after several hundred counter-protesters overran the area, outnumbered those gathered, and attacked, including a knock in the Mouth.
A photographer who worked for The Associated Press witnessed an activist with Team Save America being taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer lying on the floor of United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.
The Save America team organized the rally to protest Twitter.
Members of the group wore red Trump “Make America Great Again”
Philip Anderson, the organizer of the event, posted photos of his bloody mouth on social media with one front tooth missing and another hanging loose. He said anti-fascist protesters attacked him “for no reason”.
Anderson took the stage at around 1 p.m. and was greeted by chants and plastic water and glass bottles thrown over police barricades.
The event was canceled, although both sides stayed in the area well into the afternoon.
Messages left with the San Francisco Police Department were not immediately returned on Saturday.
Anderson called the counter-protesters hypocrites, saying they were the reason he was voting for President Donald Trump.
“I love America, I love this country, and I love free speech,” he said.