Sev­eral ar­rested at UC Berke­ley protest amid tense ex­changes

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BERKE­LEY (AP) — Po­lice ar­rested at least four peo­ple Tues­day dur­ing a small but tense rally staged by a po­lit­i­cally con­ser­va­tive group at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

Amid heavy po­lice pres­ence, the protest was led by Joey Gib­son, leader of a group called Pa­triot Prayer, and sup­port­ers in­clud­ing Kyle Chap­man, a self­de­scribed “Amer­i­can na­tion­al­ist.”

Gib­son had called for the rally af­ter stu­dent or­ga­niz­ers can­celed a planned “Free Speech Week” this week that was to fea­ture right-wing fire­brand Milo Yiannopou­los. Gib­son had posted a video on Face­book say­ing he wanted to bring at­ten­tion to “dis­gust­ing things hap­pen­ing at Berke­ley,” the birth­place of Amer­ica’s free speech move­ment.

Coun­ter­protesters de­ter­mined to shut the event down got into shout­ing matches and scuf­fles with Gib­son and his sup­port­ers in­side an “em­pa­thy tent” set up on cam­pus, and later in a city park.

Po­lice said they ar­rested four peo­ple, in­clud­ing left-wing ac­tivist Yvonne Fe­larca, for bat­tery and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

Three men were ar­rested on charges in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of body ar­mor, car­ry­ing a banned weapon and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a riot.

Berke­ley’s rep­u­ta­tion as a lib­eral bas­tion has made it a flash­point for the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal di­vi­sions since the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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