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Violence erupts as pro-Trump demonstrators, counter-protestors gather in Pacific Beach

Posted at 3:19 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 12:40:39-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protestors gathered in Pacific Beach on Saturday afternoon.

The counter-protestors claimed they were part of the Antifa movement, calling for President Trump's immediate removal from office.

The first clash between the two groups happened just after 1:00 p.m. at Crystal Pier. ABC 10News cameras captured one man getting pepper sprayed, and another person kicked and sprayed.

San Diego Police officers lined Garnett Avenue to block further violence, and the groups dispersed.

However, tensions escalated as the two groups once again came face to face at Mission Blvd. and Hornblend St.

Just before 2:30 p.m., San Diego Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, citing violence.

Police added that rocks, glass bottles, and eggs had been thrown at officers.

"Those who remain or return against this lawful order may be cited/arrested and risk exposure to chemical agents & less-lethal force applications," SDPD tweeted.