A rally, organized by the free speech advocacy group Team Save America, in San Francisco to protest Twitter’s recent censorship and promote free speech came under assault by hundreds of Antifa counter protesters. Planning to rally at the United Nations Plaza, they would march to Twitter’s headquarters a few blocks away. After Twitter’s blatant suppression of a New York Post story detailing Hunter Biden’s, the son of Joe Biden, dealings with Ukraine and the 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee’s apparent knowledge, the rally intended to denounce big tech political censorship, however the demonstration ended before it even got started.
Clad in all black, counter protesters came wielding glass bottles and holding signs that read “Smash Fascism” and “Nazi Trump F— Off” as the rally rapidly turned violent. A photographer from the Associated Press witnessed a supporter of the President being taken away in an ambulance. The San Francisco Police Department reported three police officers were injured after being attacked by pepper spray and caustic chemicals, with one officer being taken to a local hospital.
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)
A video showed an Antifa counter protester punching Phillip Anderson, an organizer of the event, in the face before the rally even began, leaving him with one tooth missing and another hanging by a thread.
“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.” By the end of the rally, six people, including the three police officers, were injured.