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San Francisco closes popular parking areas before weekend protests

San Francisco closes popular parking areas before weekend protests”

The San Francisco Examiner reported last week that the paramilitary Oath Keepers groups, who carry military-style rifles and tactical equipment like kevlar vests, planned to provide security for the San Francisco alt-right rally.

After deadly violence broke out August 12 at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, some officials opposed the upcoming rally and even urged the National Park Service to deny the permit.

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The City of San Francisco is putting up signs Friday morning, warning people that they won't be able to park in certain areas ahead of the protest tomorrow.

Although organizers of the Freedom Rally San Francisco have explicitly rejected extremism and denounced hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, elected officials mounted an unsuccessful effort to block the event out of concerns that it could descend into violence amid still-raw anger over Virginia.

On Wednesday, the National Park Service issued a finalized permit for the "free speech" rally to a right wing group known as Patriot Prayer, allowing the event planned for Crissy Field to go forward. We haven't changed the law.

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However there are fears the event could turn violent so they've been banned from taking guns, "tiki torches" and any items that can be turned into weapons. But the counter-protesters plan to clean up their crap after the event. Gibson said. "These guys are going to show up with a thousands of people all dressed in black and they promote violence, they promote hate".

He is calling for dog owners to let their pups do their thing at Crissy Field, and then return Saturday night or Sunday to clean up and "hug each other".

According to a blog post from the SFMTA, while "the two primary gathering points are Crissy Field and Civic Center Plaza", "other rallies and marches are anticipated in various parts of the city", a vague enough assertion that should catch the attention of anyone attempting to travel even for non-rally related events tomorrow.

"We have too many people right now who believe someone is an enemy because they have a different ideological perspective and we have to get beyond that", Gibson told Fox.

People avoiding Saturday's right-wing "Patriot Prayer" rally at Crissy Field or counter-protests elsewhere might still be inconvenienced by the events, as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says they'll be pre-emptively disrupting bus service, closing the cable auto and historic streetcar lines, and even closing some roads to vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Nevertheless, San Francisco and Berkeley officials are anxious that the two events could attract extremists and spark violent confrontations.

Sunday's event - billed as "No to Marxism" - will take place near the University of California at Berkeley. "We will not tolerate this in America". Chapman was captured on video swinging a baton at counter demonstrators protesting a Berkeley, California rally in support of President Donald Trump earlier this year.



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