SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A demonstration of free speech organized by conservative activists quickly collapsed in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred protesters marched into the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking .
A photographer working for the Associated Press witnessed a Save America activist being taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the ground near UN Square in San Francisco.
The Save America team organized a rally in protest of Twitter, which it said was suppressing a conservative speech.
Members of the group wore red “Make America Great Again”; election hats and wore pro-police “Blue Thin Line” flags and US flags.
Philip Anderson, the organizer of the event, posted on social media photos of his bloody mouth, in which there is no front tooth, and the other hangs freely. According to him, protesters against fascism attacked him “for no reason.”
Anderson took the stage at about 1 p.m., and was greeted by singing and plastic water bottles and glass bottles thrown over police barricades.
The event was canceled, although both sides remained in the area until noon.
Reports left at the San Francisco Police Department were not returned immediately on Saturday.
Anderson called the protesters hypocrites and said they were the reason he voted for President Donald Trump.
“I love America, I love this country and I love freedom of speech,” he said.