Pro-Trump, anti-Trump protesters clash in Berkeley, California

Pro-Trump, anti-Trump protesters clash in Berkeley, California

Civic Center Park, citing a "large number of fights" that have occurred and numerous fireworks thrown in the crowds at the protests.

According to the Berkeley Police Department Twitter account, 20 arrests were made.

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The charges they face include battery, resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and inciting a riot.

KPIX reports, protestors announced they would crash the "Patriot Day" rally organized for people who support the president.

Defend the Bay, a group that advertises itself as against the self-described "alt-right", suggested protesters bring food to share, along with a mask or other covering to hide their identity from police. A barricade and a line of police horses blocked off Wabash Bridge in order to prevent protesters from going to Trump Tower.

Berkeley police said Saturday afternoon they had reached out to Mutual Aid, a state program aimed to augment local resources that have become overwhelmed in emergency situations, for help.

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An anti-Trump protester named Geoff Millard said the rallies by pro-Trump campaigners were meant to intimidate the other side. Berkeley's city manager just approved an administrative rule banning things used as weapons such as pepper spray, rocks and sticks.

One of the injured was stabbed.

Fistfights broke out, and protesters used pepper spray, metal pipes, lumber, bricks and other items that were prohibited for Saturday's protests.

Police also said in a statement that "more arrests will be pursued" after officials investigate social media and video footage. The Trump supporters moved forward with American flags and chants against "communists".

Lauren Southern, a Canadian activist popular in rightwing media, similarly declared: "We won the battle of Berkeley!"

Several Trump supporters said they also felt uncomfortable about those elements. "It's a challenge for us to keep that amount of demonstrators inside that area with the amount of people we had".

The rallies appeared to be separate from the dozens of protests in cities throughout the country calling on President Donald Trump to release his personal tax returns as part of a nationwide Tax March. Numerous attendees at the Washington D.C. march wore the pink pussy hats that were first seen at the Women's March in January.

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