Modesto, CA. – Modesto police stepped in to save Antifa as they were losing a fight with conservatives at a planned protest on Saturday.
The violence broke out around 1PM at a “Straight Pride” event held near a Planned Parenthood in Modesto. A planned counter-protest called “Modesto Stands Against Hate” was being held a few blocks away, which was attended by Antifa members dressed in black bloc attire.
When the two groups met, Antifa lost the street fight. People in the crowd can be heard yelling, “Fuck Antifa!”
Breaking: A group of #antifa were saved by police after they were beaten & forced to retreat at a violent left vs right protest in Modesto, Calif. Antifa & other left-wing protesters gathered to oppose a "straight pride" event. pic.twitter.com/nZZ9gLkfru
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 28, 2021
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Modesto Police responded to the scene after fighting began and someone had sprayed bear spray, police spokesperson Sharon Bear told the Modesto Bee. Police declared an unlawful assembly and deployed a flash bang to get the parties to leave the area. Police estimated the crowd to be about 150-200 people.
Modesto police arrested two people for misdemeanor charges. One person was arrested for failure to disperse and resisting arrest, and the other person was charged for fighting in public.