Counterprotesters Attack Conservative Demonstrators at San Francisco Free Speech Rally

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A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered to protest Twitter's policy toward hate speech and fake political news.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth.

Team Save America organized the rally to protest Twitter, which it said squelches conservative speech.

Pro-Trump free-speech supporters and liberal anti-Trump plus anti-fascist protesters faced off at San Francisco's United Nations Plaza and on a street near Twitter's Market Street headquarters in a protest over the social media giant's policing policy of hate speech and fake political news.

Members of the group wore red "Make America Great Again" Trump campaign hats and carried pro-police "Thin Blue Line" flags and U.S. flags.

"Two of them were Black men, which is always really confusing to see someone who's been brainwashed into that," Demitria Ruiz, a counterprotester, told KPIX.

The Proud Boys were supposed to attend but organizers said they didn't show up.

"I was hoping (the Proud Boys) would … stand toe-to-toe with us and, like, get spit in their face, you know? If you're going to come out and establish your principles, you might as well actually show up," Ruiz…
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