Protests Sunday turned violent after a group of Antifa protestors smashed windows at a Marine Corps recruiting post. Video of the incident captures the destruction. Some of the demonstrators hurled fireworks and flares at police. Twenty people were arrested and more are sought in connection with the violence.
The demonstrations were held in Berkley, Sunday afternoon. The Antifa crowd showed up to counter the group “affiliated with the so-called ‘alt-right’,” Fox writes. They were in Berkley for a “No to Marxism” rally and a “Sweep Out The Fascists” march.
Three people were injured by what authorities are labeling “explosives.” The fireworks and flares were thrown at police and sheriff’s deputies, but no officers were hurt.
We are confiscating weapons and making arrests. pic.twitter.com/YisxhW4FM0
— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) August 5, 2018
“In a series of photos posted to Twitter by filmmaker Ford Fischer,” Fox notes, “members of Antifa can be seen smashing the windows of the U.S. Marines Corps recruiting office on Shattuck Avenue.”
This is hardly the first time this office has been the subject of protest. It has a popular target for political expression and for vandalism over the past decade.
“No police were around as the black bloc traveled down the street, and a handful used hammers to smash the windows of Shattuck Ave US Marine Corps Recruiting office,” Fischer tweeted.
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 5, 2018
“After I filmed the antifa break the Marine Corps office window and throw a torch into a dumpster, one of them called a few over to confront me. They basically told me to leave, implying attack if I didn’t. I left. ‘Get the f— back. Cops aren’t here. They won’t help you’,” he added later.
Based on the low body-count and the number of Antifa members who survived the attack on the recruitment post, it appears no Marines were present at the time of the attack.
The group continued their rampage, though. The Berkley Police noted that “an extremist element among a large group” attacked city vehicles. 21 were damaged. Many were set on fire. Others had their tires slashed.The group also set fires in dumpsters and trash bins.
The original uploader took the video down when he realized Antifa sucker punched an innocent, but unfortunately I saved it so it can be used to id and press charges. pic.twitter.com/vuLUV9GW2E
— Beverly Hills Antifa (@BevHillsAntifa7) August 5, 2018
As Fox notes, “officials did not identify the ‘extremist element’.”
The police were on hand for some of the conflict. As Fox notes, some of the Antifa members were also injured in those encounters. “Police reportedly ordered the counter-protesters to disperse, then moved in behind a volley of stun grenades. One of the rounds hit a counter-protester in the head, becoming embedded in his helmet and injuring him, reports said. One woman was taken to a hospital after being hit in the arm and chest with a ‘flash-bang’ grenade.”