21 arrested in California as Trump supporters, opponents clash
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21 arrested in California as Trump supporters, opponents clash

Two injured from tear gas and pepper spray when fights break out during march in Berkeley; further arrests expected

A Trump supporter runs at protesters while being pepper sprayed at a "Patriots Day" free speech rally on April 15, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP)
A Trump supporter runs at protesters while being pepper sprayed at a "Patriots Day" free speech rally on April 15, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP)

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — At least 21 people were arrested after opponents of US President Donald Trump and supporters clashed at a march in Berkeley, California, US media said Saturday.

Hundreds of people gathered at a park, including Trump supporters who held a free speech rally, while opponents of the president’s policies shouted and chanted. Several fights broke out, according to the East Bay Times newspaper.

The Los Angeles Times reported that 21 people were taken into custody.

“We’re going to review any surveillance video recordings from the area, as well as videos the public sends in to us, and perhaps send out arrest warrants for those people as well,” Berkeley police spokesman Byron White told CNN.

“The two injuries that were reported to us, one involved an officer who was exposed to what we believe is tear gas,” he said. “Another person was sprayed with what we believe is… pepper spray.”

Activists waved signs reading: “No! Pussy-Grabbing! No! Patriarchy! No! Fascist USA! Drive out Trump-Pence regime!” and “Fascist scum your time is done.”

Supporters held signs in support of “Free Speech.”

The protests were timed to coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for US tax filings.

Thousands of protesters gathered Saturday in cities across the United States to pressure Trump to release his tax returns, a move of transparency he has refused to make.

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