CALIFORNIA — A farmer’s market that takes place every Saturday outside of Berkeley announced it will not be open this weekend because it fears for the safety of its employees and customers due to a planned pro-Trump rally.
According to SFGate, the market has never been shut down aside from weather-related issues. However, people in the community aren’t taking any chances this week because the last pro-Trump rally that took place in their area turned violent.
“While this is a real financial blow to many farmers, we cannot put a price on safety,” Martin Bourque, the executive director, said.
The Trump rally that took place in March saw opposition groups showing up and creating a huge clash between Trump supporters and Trump haters. The Berkeley Police Department said 10 people were arrested during that rally and another nine warrants were issued for arrests. They plan to have additional officers at this weekend’s rally.
SFGate reports that rally activists have blamed the violence on the Left, but there are already groups from both sides taking to Facebook. However, DML said last week, “The left is always the culprit at the rallies, Trump supporters try to march peacefully, and then the masked men and women from the left come in and start trouble. Don’t listen to anyone who tries to tell you differently.”
“Let the bootlickers cower beyond the cops as they face a barrage of noise, glitter, and paint,” one left-wing Berkeley group wrote. “The streets belong to us!”
In another YouTube video, a member of the right-wing group, Liberty Revival Alliance, said, “We understand that (counterdemonstrators) will use violence against us,” adding that he and other demonstrators will “defend ourselves in a lawful manner.”
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