"ANTIFA demonstrators" punched a pro-Trump protester's teeth out and pelted him with rocks during an anti-Twitter rally in San Francisco today.
A group of counter protesters were filmed punching and hurling debris at Philip Anderson, one of the organizers of the "Free Speech Rally" in California on Saturday.Anderson said he was attacked by members of 'Antifa' Credit: Twitter/Philip AndersonHe was punched at least twice by counter protesters at the rally he organized, footage showsCredit: AP:Associated Press
The "Team Save America" organizer had to be hospitalized with his injuries after getting a city permit for the event, which was canceled minutes after it started.
Members wore red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hats, carried pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags and US flags as Lee Greenwood's song, "Proud To Be An American" blared.
"Oh, cry about it – cry about it," a female counter protester can be heard screaming as Anderson is punched and the crowd chants "get the f*** out."
A second shocking video shared by another Richmond Pulse reporter showed the same masked man violently striking Anderson in the face as he clutches his face in pain.Anderson addressed his fellow Trump supporters before being hospitalized Credit: AP:Associated PressHe had to escape over a barricade Credit: AP:Associated PressAnderson and the MAGA supporters had to get a police escort out of San FranciscoCredit: EPA
As Anderson and the other man struggle over the barricade, the surging crowds throws what appears to be rocks and debris at them.
Anderson, a vocal Trump supporter – who has decried Twitter's supposed censorship of conservatives – reportedly flew in to CA for the rally.
He'd also planned a protest outside Twitter's headquarters before violence erupted ahead of its 1pm start time.
Around a dozen "Save our America" group members had to be escorted by law enforcement out of the city as tensions reached boiling point.
Anderson was seen being loaded into an ambulance, according to an Associated Press photographer, and he was rushed to hospital.A SAPD cop was also injured in the mayhem on SaturdayCredit: AP:Associated PressAnother Trump supporter was injured during the 'Free Speech Rally'Credit: AP:Associated PressA Trump fan is see in a leg splint pushed into an ambulance by paramedics after being attacked by counter-protestors todayCredit: AP:Associated Press
He told AP the attack was why he would be voting for Trump on November 3: “I love America, I love this country and I love free speech,” Anderson said.
San Francisco police were present but videos and pictures of the event showed the rally organizers were vastly outnumbered there, leading to its cancelation.
A few minutes after the rally started, an enormous throng of people had gathered outside the UN Plaza to oppose the smaller group decrying social media censorship.
Anderson claimed the group that attacked him were Antifa – an umbrella term for far-left militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists – and demanded answers from Joe Biden.Anderson's tooth was knocked out after he was hit in the faceCredit: AP:Associated PressCounter-protesters form a wall of shields to prevent the San Francisco police from dispersing their march down Market StreetCredit: EPAOpposing liberal activists march westbound on Market Street with shields as a protection from the San Francisco police department following a free speech rally against Twitter Credit: EPA
"I've a question for you, Joe Biden: you said that Antifa is 'just an idea,'" Anderson said from his hospital bed, displaying his bloodied mouth and missing tooth.
"This is what the 'idea' you're talking about, Antifa, did to me," he continued, holding up his knocked-out tooth. "I'm at the hospital right now, Joe Biden, because of Antifa.
"So I just wanted to ask you: do you still think after seeing this, that they're just an idea? I want you to answer that question."
A Reuters photographer captured a second Trump in a leg splint being pushed into an ambulance by paramedics after being attacked by counter-protestors near the Civic Center.
Scheduled speakers at the rally included Trump supporters and conservative personalities.
But counter protesters soon overran the event, screaming at riot police, kicking barriers, throwing bottles at the podium, and yelling over the people speaking.
The police reportedly deployed pepper spray as a crowd control tactic following the clash between conservative activists and counter-protesters.
No arrests have been made as of yet.A police officer stands guard following a clash between conservative activists and counter-protesters during a free speech rallyCredit: EPAA conservative activist is escorted to safety after being physically assaulted and maced by counter-protestersCredit: EPAA San Francisco police officer moves on a news reporter in an attempt to disperse the crowd following a free speech rally against TwitterCredit: EPAAn activist's face is cleansed with water after the police deployed pepper spray as a crowd control tactic following a clash between conservative activists and counter-protestersCredit: EPA