At least four left-wing activists were arrested while protesting a free speech event at the University of California, Berkeley. Part of the chaos at the event included a scuffle inside an “empathy tent” directed towards opening up dialogue between right-wingers and left-wingers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the event at Berkeley was held by Joey Gibson, the organizer for the canceled Patriot Prayer rally that was scheduled for Crissy Field in San Francisco in late August. Gibson canceled the rally after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused him of allegedly promoting white supremacy.
While the Facebook page for the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion, the group behind the empathy tents, claims the event was “really good,” the LA Times reports, “Shouting on all sides made the dialogue impossible. The tent was nearly toppled, and police officers had to rush in.”
Although the LA Times did not clarify at what point during the march and protest the individuals were arrested, the Daily Mail claims four people were arrested after a fight broke out in the empathy tent. Ricky Joseph Monzon was arrested for carrying a banned weapon:
Ricky Joseph Monzon, 20, of Las Vegas, was arrested near Telegraph Ave and Bancroft Way for carrying a banned weapon. pic.twitter.com/SSu8u45eUh— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) September 26, 2017
Eddy Robinson was arrested for participating in a riot and resisting arrest:
Eddy Robinson, 47, of Oakland, was arrested near Telegraph Ave/Bancroft Way on charges of participating in a riot and resisting arrest. pic.twitter.com/Cn2Fv4gCb2— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) September 26, 2017
According to the Daily Mail, Yvonne Felarca, a known left-wing activist and teacher, was arrested for battery and resisting arrest. She teaches middle school in Berkeley and is an organizer for By Any Means Necessary, a group that calls for violence in response to speech. Felarca was arrested in July for “assault by means of force likely to inflict great bodily injury, a felony, and participating in a riot, and inciting a riot.”
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