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MAGA supporters and anti-fascist counter-protesters clash in San Diego, both sides fire pepper spray

MAGA supporters at a San Diego ‘Patriots March’ clash with Antifa and cover each other in pepper spray as officers are pelted with rocks, glass bottles and eggs

  • A ‘Patriot March’ was scheduled at Pacific Beach by Donald Trump supporters
  • An hour before it began, anti-fascists gathered to counter the march
  • There were several clashes between the groups, both physical and verbal
  • Demonstrators used pepper spray against each other and threw objects at cops 
  • The march came three days after the violence at the Capitol, although it was scheduled for Saturday before Wednesday’s events in Washington D.C.

Donald Trump supporters and ‘Antifa’ demonstrators clashed in San Diego on Saturday afternoon, with both sides being pepper sprayed and cops being pelted with rocks, bottles and more.

The MAGA backers had scheduled a ‘Patriot March’ to start at 2pm near Crystal Peier, which is right in Pacific Beach, but were met by counter-protesters, some adorned in ‘Antifa’ T-shirts.  

One protester held a sign saying ‘No Nazis in PB.’ Another held a sign saying ‘Ashli Babbitt Deserved It,’ a reference to a rioter who was killed Wednesday at the Capitol. 

As the afternoon dragged on, shouting matches between the opposing groups of began to take place.

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Pictured: Counter-protesters pepper spray Donald Trump supporters during the ‘Patriot March’

One sigh read 'Ashli Babbitt Deserved It' in reference to a rioter who died at the Capitol

One sigh read ‘Ashli Babbitt Deserved It’ in reference to a rioter who died at the Capitol

While anti-fascist demonstrators were out in force, so were around 100 Trump supporters

While anti-fascist demonstrators were out in force, so were around 100 Trump supporters

Meanwhile, police stood at the ready and engaged several time with demonstrators

Meanwhile, police stood at the ready and engaged several time with demonstrators

The Los Angeles Times reports a man had his phone slapped away and was shoved, causing him and a small boy to fall down. It’s not clear what side any of those involved were on.

After that, a man walked toward the anti-fascists and shoved a demonstrator writing with police chalk.

Pictured: Police form a line to separate the two groups of demonstrators in San Diego

Pictured: Police form a line to separate the two groups of demonstrators in San Diego

Some counter-protestors demonstrated with 'Black Lives Matter' flags and emblems

Some counter-protestors demonstrated with ‘Black Lives Matter’ flags and emblems

One sign read 'Intolerant of Fascists' as some wore 'Antifascist' and 'Antifa' T-shirts

One sign read ‘Intolerant of Fascists’ as some wore ‘Antifascist’ and ‘Antifa’ T-shirts

The anti-fascists confronted the shover, but the instigator was pulled behind the police line by cops.

Incidents of pepper spray being deployed by protesters and further shouting matches and taunts resulted in an unlawful assembly being declared at 2:30pm.

‘Those who remain or return against this lawful order may be cited/arrested and risk exposure to chemical agents & less-lethal force applications,’ the San Diego Police Department stated on Twitter.

Around 2:30pm after numerous clashes, an unlawful assembly was declared by police

Around 2:30pm after numerous clashes, an unlawful assembly was declared by police

Pictured: Counter-protesters chasing a man in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego

Pictured: Counter-protesters chasing a man in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego

Pictured: At one point, cops decided to fire pepper balls at counter-protesters

Pictured: At one point, cops decided to fire pepper balls at counter-protesters

At 4:30pm, however, the Trump supporters were again allowed to get back together and started marching, with continued clashes with counter-protestors and passerbys.

By 6pm, the march was over and the crowds dispersed.

Shouting matches between the two groups of demonstrators were commonplace all day

Shouting matches between the two groups of demonstrators were commonplace all day

After the unlawful assembly declaration, Trump supporters were allowed to start marching

After the unlawful assembly declaration, Trump supporters were allowed to start marching

Over the course of the day, however, there were incidents of police officers being struck by flying glass bottles, rocks, and even eggs, though it was not clear who was responsible for the projectiles.

At some point, police also fired pepper ball rounds into the anti-fascist faction of demonstrators.

By 6pm, all of the demonstrators had dispersed from the area near the Crystal Pier

By 6pm, all of the demonstrators had dispersed from the area near the Crystal Pier

The clashing protests took place just three days after the violent insurrection at the Capitol

The clashing protests took place just three days after the violent insurrection at the Capitol

During the dueling protests, one jogger paid no mind and kept about their business

During the dueling protests, one jogger paid no mind and kept about their business

The dueling protests came three days after MAGA supporters broke into the Capitol and terrorized Congress, resulting in at least five deaths and a growing number of arrests.

The ‘Patriot March’ was reportedly scheduled before Wednesday’s historic events.

While the protests were taking place, some pedestrians continued to go about their business, unbothered by what was unfolding around them. 

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