Six people were injured, including three police officers, in scuffles between supporters and counter-protesters at a Donald Trump rally in San Francisco (California) on Saturday evening, October 17. Reports indicate that a small group of pro-Trump supporters had gathered for a free speech rally near the Civic Center/UN Plaza when a larger crowd of anti-Trump demonstrators reportedly showed up and scuffles then ensued between the rival protesters. Pro-Trump demonstrators reportedly left the scene; however, security forces deployed tear gas against members of the counter-demonstration group who continued protesting on Market Street. Protesters gradually cleared amid a heightened security presence and reports indicate that by 16:30 (local time) no demonstrators were to be seen.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are expected in the vicinity of any demonstration. Further unrest is to be anticipated in the coming days.
Those in San Francisco are advised to monitor developments, avoid large gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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