The battle between the left and right rages on, and this time the venue is on the west coast. The Golden Gate Bridge is going to be the scene, as the conservative group Patriot Prayer plan to hold a “Freedom Rally” at the foot of the bridge on Saturday and what seems to be the entire city of San Francisco is holding counter-protests.
The San Francisco Human Rights Commission is holding a “Unite against Hate” rally on Friday the 25th. This is a gathering of faith leaders, city officials and other big names to publicly denounce racist rhetoric in the city.
The next day, on Saturday, August 26th, a city-wide counter protest to the Patriot Prayer “Freedom Rally” has been planned. According to the site 7×7, there are multiple variations of counter protests going on throughout the city; Dance rallies, “human banners,” a protest specifically for dressing up kids and pets (not kidding,) and more. So that should be fun.
According to an article published by AP News today, the mayor Ed Lee and other democratic leaders objected strongly to the event. Alternatively, on Sunday a transsexual Trump supporter is holding a “No to Marxism in America” event near Berkeley, they don’t seem to have been issued the permit, but we’ll see if that stops them (not kidding.)
Coming off the issue in Charlottesville and considering the way bay area law enforcement has handled similar events in the past (they don’t,) it will be interesting to see how this situation is approached. It’s clear that the counter protesters are going out of their way to organize and gather outside of the direct area that the conservative rally is being held, and that’s good to hear. If the counter-protests go without issue, it should be relatively mellow enough, but given the current political climate, one has to wonder about the possibly of counter-protesters having counter-protesters of their own. If the law enforcement of the bay area can’t handle a protest in Berkeley Square, I find it hard to believe containing conflict going on in different areas of SF is even inside the realm of capability.