Antifa activists dressed in black with masks over their faces once again attacked peaceful protesters this weekend in Berkeley, CA. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned the violence, calling it a “sad event.”
“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday evening. “The violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa [sic] in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”
The police arrested 13 people, and five others were injured Sunday after over 100 hooded protesters, dressed in black with masks and weapons aggressively attacked peaceful demonstrators.
“They came with black masks, they carried weapons, they were pounding people down with their fists and feet,” University of California-Berkeley College Republican Ashton Whitty told Fox News Monday night. “I knew I had to get out of there.” Whitty noted that “Everything was great until Antifa showed up.”
Pelosi’s statement also said, “In California, as across all of our great nation, we have a deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech. Non-violence is fundamental to that right. Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness, and justice that represent the best of America.”
Pelosi had previously been criticized for not calling out the potential for Antifa initiated violence. She had forcefully warned about the possibility of unrest at the planned Patriot Prayer rally on Saturday. She slammed the National Park Service as “misguided” for even allowing the event, and said that she had “grave concerns” about the “public safety hazard.” Pelosi was critical of what the NPS created by “permitting a white supremacist rally” in the middle of Crissy Field in San Francisco.
The Patriot Prayer rally was canceled and the founder, Joey Gibson, blamed Pelosi and the San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He said they falsely labeled the organization as a hate group and incited extremists to come with violence.
“How long are you going to stay silent on Antifa? Because in their silence, it’s almost like they’re using Antifa to their benefit—to attack free speech,” Gibson told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in an interview.
Supporters of Gibson reported that the Berkeley police failed to protect the right-wing demonstrators who showed up at the park by allowing the masked protesters to take over without opposition.
Berkeley’s mayor, Jesse Arreguin, said in the past the Antifa was classified “as a gang.” He said, “They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia and I think we need to think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach.”
What do you think about Pelosi’s condemnation? Too little too late, or just in time?
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