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California cities fear violence at latest right-wing protests

13:49 EDT 23 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

California cities fear violence at latest right-wing protestsSeeking to prevent a pair of right-wing weekend rallies from spiralling into violence, Bay Area authorities are vowing a bolstered police presence and urging counter-protestors to stay away as federal officials rebuffed a high-profile attempt to halt a San Francisco rally. While organisers of the events in Berkeley and San Francisco have disavowed racism and violence, elected officials and police officers are on high alert after a car rammed into a a crowd of counter-protesters against a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia two weekends ago. Ahead of a scheduled “No Marxism in America”, rally in Berkeley, posters announcing “Nazis are coming” have appeared around town, a message promoted by the Berkeley branch of an anti-fascist group - called Antifa for short - that has battled with white supremacists in the past.


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