SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly rallied in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotester rallied in the area, more and more attacking those gathered, including a knock on the mouth.
A photographer working for The Associated Press witnessed an activist with Team Save America being taken to an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the ground at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.
Team Save America organized a rally to protest Twitter, in which it said squellches conservative speech.
Members of the group wore red “Make America Great Again”; Trump campaign hats and carried pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags and US flags.
Philip Anderson, the organizer of the event, posted pictures on social media of his bloody mouth with missing front teeth and another hanging loose. He said he was attacked by anti-fascists protesting “for no reason.”
Anderson went to the stage around 1 pm and was greeted by chants and plastic water bottles and glass bottles thrown at police barricades.
The event was canceled, although both sides stayed in the area until the afternoon.
Messages left at the San Francisco Police Department were not returned immediately on Saturday.
Anderson called the counterprotesters hypocritical and said 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.