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Trump supporters protesting Twitter censorship clash with Antifa and BLM activists in violent scenes in San Francisco

  • Pro-Trump protesters in MAGA hats and Thin Blue Line flags flocked to downtown San Francisco Saturday 
  • They were protesting Twitter censorship after it locked the Trump campaign account this week 
  • The free speech rally was organized by right-wing group Team Save America 
  • Hundreds of counter-protesters turned up and formed a wall with shields 
  • Some held BLM signs and photos of black EMT Breonna Taylor who was shot dead by cops in March 
  • Other counterprotesters waved Antifa flags or sported t-shirts claiming membership to the 161 Crew
  • Violent clashes broke out between the two sides within minutes of the rally starting 
  • Footage posted online showed rally organizer Philip Anderson being pushed and punched 
  • Anderson posted a photo on Twitter of his bloodied mouth missing a tooth and wrote ‘Antifa attacked me’ 
  • Another pro-Trump supporter in a Trump 2020 t-shirt was seen being wheeled off in an ambulance 
  • A San Francisco cop was also seen injured on the ground. No arrests were made 

By Rachel Sharp For Dailymail.com

Violence erupted at San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza on Saturday as Trump supporters protesting Twitter censorship clashed with activists from Black Lives Matter and Antifa. 

The free speech rally was organized by right-wing group Team Save America after Twitter blocked circulation of a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s emails and locked the Trump campaign account this week.

Hundreds of counter-protesters turned up holding Black Lives Matter signs while others were dressed in black clothing with their faces covered and waving flags for violent left-wing group Antifa. Others wore t-shirts claiming membership of the anti-fascist action group 161 Crew. 

The Team Save America event ended up being called off before it even started as violent clashes broke out between the two sides within minutes of people arriving, leaving several in need of medical assistance. 

Violence erupted at San Francisco's United Nations Plaza on Saturday as Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed. A pro-Trump demonstrator is injured

Violence erupted at San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza on Saturday as Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed. A pro-Trump demonstrator is injured

A San Francisco police officer is seen on the ground after suffering injuries during the clash

A San Francisco police officer is seen on the ground after suffering injuries during the clash Team Save America event organizer Philip Anderson later posted graphic photos on social media of his bloodied mouth missing a tooth and wrote that 'Antifa attacked me for no reason'+31

Team Save America event organizer Philip Anderson later posted graphic photos on social media of his bloodied mouth missing a tooth and wrote that ‘Antifa attacked me for no reason’Some people held Black Lives Matter signs and photos of Breonna Taylor - the black EMT who was shot six times by Louisville cops and killed in March during the botched raid on her home+31

Some people held Black Lives Matter signs and photos of Breonna Taylor – the black EMT who was shot six times by Louisville cops and killed in March during the botched raid on her homeCounter-protesters held up shields that read 'We keep us safe' as cops tried to act as barriers between the two sides+31

Counter-protesters held up shields that read ‘We keep us safe’ as cops tried to act as barriers between the two sidesPro-Trump supporters are seen wearing military style vests at the event at the United Nations Plaza+31

Pro-Trump supporters are seen wearing military style vests at the event at the United Nations PlazaA counterprotester throws an egg into the crowd at the event while an Antifa flag is seen in the background+31

A counterprotester throws an egg into the crowd at the event while an Antifa flag is seen in the background A counterprotester wearing a t-shirt claiming membership in anti-fascist action group 161 Crew is seen about to hit a participant of the pro-Trump rally+31

A counterprotester wearing a t-shirt claiming membership in anti-fascist action group 161 Crew is seen about to hit a participant of the pro-Trump rally Three San Francisco police officers required medical attention, the department said. One officer is seen on the ground+31

Three San Francisco police officers required medical attention, the department said. One officer is seen on the ground A counterprotester wore a sign mocking Proud Boys as they were expected to attend the event+31

A counterprotester wore a sign mocking Proud Boys as they were expected to attend the eventAn activist's face is cleansed with water after the police deployed pepper spray as a crowd control tactic+31

An activist’s face is cleansed with water after the police deployed pepper spray as a crowd control tacticCounterprotesters hold up shields reading 'We keep us safe' in a wall facing a wall of police officers+31

Counterprotesters hold up shields reading ‘We keep us safe’ in a wall facing a wall of police officers  https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1317636612407189504&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fnews%2Farticle-8851799%2FViolence-erupts-San-Francisco-Trump-supporters-counter-protesters-clash.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

The pro-Trump group planned to demonstrate outside the United Nations Plaza before moving to Twitter’s Market Street headquarters. 

The small group began assembling outside the plaza around midday where they were greatly outnumbered by counterprotesters who arrived with shields reading ‘We keep us safe’ that they used to then form a wall to prevent the San Francisco police from dispersing their march down Market Street.

Police tried to form a barrier to separate the two sides but fights broke out almost immediately.   

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Footage posted online showed rally organizer Philip Anderson being pushed by another man. 

He took the stage around 1 p.m. and was met with plastic water bottles and glass bottles thrown over police barricades at him. 

Anderson later posted graphic photos on social media of his bloodied mouth missing a tooth and wrote that ‘Antifa attacked me for no reason’. 

Another pro-Trump supporter, sporting a Trump 2020 t-shirt, was seen having a drink poured on him by a counterprotester as he cowered on the ground. Rally organizer Philip Anderson took the stage around 1 p.m. and was met with plastic water bottles and glass bottles thrown over police barricades at him+31

Rally organizer Philip Anderson took the stage around 1 p.m. and was met with plastic water bottles and glass bottles thrown over police barricades at himAnderson is hit by a counterprotester in a mask. He later revealed on Twitter he lost a tooth after being 'attacked'+31

Anderson is hit by a counterprotester in a mask. He later revealed on Twitter he lost a tooth after being ‘attacked’A San Francisco police officer's face is cleansed with bottles of water after an activist sprayed him with mace+31

A San Francisco police officer’s face is cleansed with bottles of water after an activist sprayed him with mace Counter-protesters form a wall of shields to prevent the San Francisco police from dispersing their march down Market Street+31

Counter-protesters form a wall of shields to prevent the San Francisco police from dispersing their march down Market StreetA man in a Trump 2020 t-shirt was seen having a drink poured on him by a counterprotester as he cowered on the ground+31

A man in a Trump 2020 t-shirt was seen having a drink poured on him by a counterprotester as he cowered on the groundHe was later seen being wheeled off on a stretcher to an ambulance with his leg in a support+31

He was later seen being wheeled off on a stretcher to an ambulance with his leg in a support The Trump fan was lifted into an ambulance for medical attention at the event+31

The Trump fan was lifted into an ambulance for medical attention at the event Police officers are seen trying to hold off counterprotesters as they spar over metal railings put up to cordon off the two sides+31

Police officers are seen trying to hold off counterprotesters as they spar over metal railings put up to cordon off the two sidesOpposing liberal activists march on Market Street with shields as protection from the San Francisco cops+31

Opposing liberal activists march on Market Street with shields as protection from the San Francisco cops

He was later seen being wheeled off on a stretcher to an ambulance with his leg in a support. 

Another man was seen being attended to by another activist who was pouring water into his eyes to counter the effects of pepper spraw deployed by cops into the crowd. It wasn’t clear which group the man was affiliated with.

A man wearing a 161 Crew t-shirt was seen about to punch a demonstrator, while an Antifa flag was seen waving in the background.  

Meanwhile, a San Francisco police officer was also seen injured on the ground being tended to by colleagues. 

Cops were pouring water in his face after a demonstrator sprayed mace in his face.  

The San Francisco Police Department confirmed three officers suffered non life-threatening injuries caused by pepper spray and caustic chemicals.

One of the officers was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

No arrests have been made.A man in a Trump 2020 t-shirt is seen being escorted off by law enforcement after he was reportedly attacked+31

A man in a Trump 2020 t-shirt is seen being escorted off by law enforcement after he was reportedly attackedA counterprotester burns a 'Thin Blue Line' flag - the symbol in support of law enforcement - brought by Trump supporters to the rally+31

A counterprotester burns a ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag – the symbol in support of law enforcement – brought by Trump supporters to the rally Some counterprotesters held up a 'Smash fascism' sign at the event and are dressed head to toe in black+31

Some counterprotesters held up a ‘Smash fascism’ sign at the event and are dressed head to toe in blackPolice tried to separate the two sides but fights broke out almost immediately. Officers used pepper spray on crowds+31

Police tried to separate the two sides but fights broke out almost immediately. Officers used pepper spray on crowds A counterprotester holds up a shield while cops in helmets and holding batons form a line behind railings+31

A counterprotester holds up a shield while cops in helmets and holding batons form a line behind railings 

The event protesting Twitter was canceled, but some people on both sides lingered in the area into the afternoon sparking concerns of more violence to come.   

Conservatives have hit out at Twitter accusing it of censorship after the social media giant locked Donald Trump’s campaign account.  

On Wednesday, Twitter first blocked the New York Post’s story that Joe Biden met with Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi, an associate of his son Hunter, months before Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Pozharskyi’s firm.

Accounts that posted the story were also locked including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s personal account and the Trump campaign account.   

Twitter and Facebook – which also limited the circulation of the story citing a need to fact check the allegations – were accused of censorship over the move.  

Trump threatened to remove the US legal protections – known as Section 230 – that exempts social media platforms from liability for the material users post on their networks. The event was canceled, but some people on both sides lingered in the area into the afternoon sparking concerns of more violence to come+31

The event was canceled, but some people on both sides lingered in the area into the afternoon sparking concerns of more violence to comeThe pro-Trump event was scheduled to demonstrate outside the United Nations Plaza before moving to Twitter¿s Market Street headquarters+31

The pro-Trump event was scheduled to demonstrate outside the United Nations Plaza before moving to Twitter’s Market Street headquartersA counterprotester holds up a sign reading 'Trump Pence Out Now' in downtown San Francisco Saturday+31

A counterprotester holds up a sign reading ‘Trump Pence Out Now’ in downtown San Francisco Saturday San Francisco Police Department said no arrests had been made but three officers needed medical attention

San Francisco Police Department said no arrests had been made but three officers needed medical attentionTwo pro-Trump supporters are seen on the ground after an altercation with counterprotesters

Two pro-Trump supporters are seen on the ground after an altercation with counterprotesters 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Wednesday night apologized for the lack of explanation around the social media giant’s decision to block the story but stood by the company’s move to do so.  

Dorsey tweeted that his company’s actions had been ‘unacceptable’ and admitted there had been a lack of communication surrounding Twitter’s decision.  

‘Our communication around our actions on the NYPost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable,’ he said. 

He then linked to a statement from the company that said it was restricting the link because ‘personal and private information’ had been shared in the story.  

Senate Republicans vowed Thursday to subpoena Dorsey to appear before the Judiciary Committee days before election day over Twitter blocking the story.  

By Friday, people were free to post the links to the story again because Twitter said the ‘once-private’ information in the article is now ‘widely available’ in the press and on other platforms.

Twitter also announced it will no longer remove hacked material unless it’s directly shared by hackers or those working with them.