Free speech rally marred by violence as counterprotesters storm event, beat pro-Trump demonstrators

Free speech rally marred by violence as counterprotesters storm event, beat pro-Trump demonstrators

10/18/2020 4:50:00 AM

Free speech rally marred by violence as counterprotesters storm event, beat pro-Trump demonstrators

A free speech rally against big tech took a turn for the worst Saturday in San Francisco when hundreds of counterprotesters stormed the scene of the protest.

The conservative group Team Save America organized the event to protestTwitter, which it argues censors free speech. They planned to rally at United Nations Plaza before moving the protest to Twitter's headquarters a few blocks away. But the event quickly devolved into a shouting match and violence as hundreds of counterprotesters stormed the scene. 

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FAMILY OF COLORADO MAN KILLED IN PRO-POLICE RALLY SEEKS ANSWER, LAWYER SAYSVideo shows one counterprotester punching Philip Anderson, an organizer of the event, knocking one of his teeth out.Anderson posted a picture of the aftermath on social media and said he was attacked by Antifa. 

A counter-protester, who declined to give his name, prepares to hit a conservative free speech rally organizer in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump demonstrators were met by several hundred counter-protesters as they tried to rally. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

"This is what happens when you lose free speech," Anderson said over boos as the crowd threw objects at him. "This is what happens, America. This is what our country is turning into." The event was canceled before it ever really got started. 

Another protester who was wearing aTrump2020 shirt was attacked at some point by a counterprotester. A supporter of President Donald Trump lies on the ground after he was attacked by counterprotesters in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump demonstrators were met by several hundred counterprotesters as they tried to rally. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Medics transport a supporter of President Donald Trump to an ambulance after he was attacked by counter-protesters in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump demonstrators were met by several hundred counter-protesters as they tried to rally. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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