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Freedom of speech rally of violence as counter-protesters storm the event, beating pro-Trump protesters



A rally called to promote freedom of speech and condemn high-tech censorship became ugly Saturday in San Francisco when hundreds of alleged Antifa counter-protesters turned up and poured and attacked protesters, leaving a missing tooth.

The conservative group Team Save America organized the event to protest Twitter, which it claims censors free speech. They planned to gather at the UN Plaza before moving the protest to Twitter’s headquarters a few blocks away. But the event quickly turned into a shouting match and violence as hundreds of counter-protesters stormed the venue.

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The video shows a counter-protest that stopped Philip Anderson, an organizer of the event, and knocked one of his teeth out.

Anderson posted a picture of the wake on social media, saying he was attacked by Antifa.

A counter-protester who refused to give his name is preparing to hit a conservative speech rally organizer in San Francisco on Saturday, October 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump protesters were met by hundreds of counter-protesters as they tried to rally .  (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A counter-protester who refused to give his name is preparing to hit a conservative speech rally organizer in San Francisco on Saturday, October 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump protesters were met by hundreds of counter-protesters as they tried to rally . (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

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“This is what happens when you lose your freedom of speech,” Anderson said over headlines as the audience threw objects at him. “This is what’s happening, America. This is what our country is becoming.”

The event was canceled before it ever really got underway.

Another protester wearing a Trump 2020 shirt was at one point attacked by a counter-protester.

A supporter of President Donald Trump is on the ground after he was attacked by counter-protesters in San Francisco, on Saturday, October 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump protesters were greeted by hundreds of counter-protesters as they tried to rally.  (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

A supporter of President Donald Trump is lying on the ground after he was attacked by counter-protesters in San Francisco, on Saturday, October 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump protesters were greeted by hundreds of counter-protesters as they tried to rally. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

Doctors are transporting a supporter of President Donald Trump to an ambulance after he was attacked by counter-protesters in San Francisco on Saturday, October 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump protesters were greeted by several hundred counter-protesters as they tried to rally.  (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

Doctors transport a supporter of President Donald Trump to an ambulance after he was attacked by counter-protesters in San Francisco on Saturday, October 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump protesters were met by hundreds of counter-protesters as they tried to rally. (AP Photo / Noah Berger)

The San Francisco Police Department did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.

Social media companies have come under fire for alleged censorship recently. Last week, for example, Twitter put out a warning about a tweet from the president comparing coronavirus to the flu, while Facebook completely removed the post.

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As of Saturday night, Twitter had still locked out the New York Post’s account to tweet about their reporting on Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

Facebook, meanwhile, said it is reducing the distribution of Posten’s reporting on its platform.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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