Permit approved for controversial right-wing rally in San Francisco

Saturday, 26 Aug, 2017

Namely, a lot of dog mess - as activists plan to turn the venue for right-wing protest group Patriot Prayer's rally into a "minefield" of dog waste.

The Oregon-based group Patriot Prayer is set to share its message at what is billed as a free-speech rally Saturday at Crissy Field, which sits just along the San Francisco Bay near Golden Gate Bridge.

The famously irate-looking fowl with Trump's golden hair is expected to appear on a barge during Saturday's rally under the Golden Gate Bridge in case Patriot Prayer fans were hoping for a photo featuring the iconic span.

The Southern Poverty Law Center does not list Patriot Prayer as a hate group but has noted that some of its events have included white nationalist organizations.

A Facebook Group called "Leave your dog poop on Crissy Field" was started by SF resident Tuffy Tuffington, who owns two Patterdale terriers called Bob and Chuck.

Police and civic leaders in the cradle of America's free speech movement will struggle to balance liberty of expression with safeguards against violence as demonstrators with varying political viewpoints travel to the San Francisco Bay Area for dueling rallies throughout the weekend. His guess is also that the people at his rally will be vastly outnumbered by counter-protestors, and it's an educated one: The 33-year-old from Portland, Ore., has organized about a dozen similar events in the last several months. However, city of Berkeley officials on Thursday denied that group's request for a rally permit.

"We can not deny a permit to anyone planning to exercise their First Amendment rights based on their political stance or beliefs", the statement said.

"We have too many people right now who believe someone is an enemy because they have a different ideological perspective and we have to get beyond that", Gibson told Fox.

The rally comes after violent clashes broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where one woman was killed and more than a dozen were injured when a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters.

Transit officials said for the event on Saturday at Civic Center Plaza, drivers will not be able to park around the streets near the plaza, and will have police officers and SFMTA staff to direct traffic. Dianne Feinstein and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee objected, saying the rally could lead to deadly violence like that in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Patriot Prayer organizer Joey Gibson knew the permit was coming, he indicated in a Facebook post, and was happy with the plans for security at the "Freedom Rally" planned for Saturday.

Berkeley city officials passed a temporary rule to give police more power to ban weapons. The permit was issued "with significant conditions to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views", Muldoon said.

The event is in protest of Marxism and the teaching of it at schools like UC Berkeley, according to organizer, Amber Gwen Cummings. "So we are asking people to come stand against Marxism".