At least 10 self-identified Antifa members have been charged with “violent criminal acts” against pro-Trump rallygoers by San Diego prosecutors.
Antifa is accused of gathering on Jan. 9 at the “Patriot March” to take “direct action” against Trump supporters, which is defined as “acts of violence such as assault, battery, assault with deadly weapons, arson, and vandalism,” according to the district attorney’s office.
They are charged with assault, conspiracy to commit a riot, and illegal use of tear gas. The Antifa members allegedly used tear gas, sticks, flag poles, and other items to attack Trump supporters, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“Video evidence analysis shows that overwhelmingly the violence in this incident was perpetrated by the Antifa affiliates and was not a mutual fray with both sides crossing out of lawful First Amendment expression into riot and violence,” District Attorney Summer Stephan’s office said in a news release.
Police declared an unlawful assembly at the time of the incident.
Prosecutors say the Antifa members began their criminal conspiracy by “liking and sharing” a Jan. 2 post that called for “direct action” at the counterprotest against the pro-Trump rally, while others agreed by showing up Jan. 9 and “participating in the violence.”
Those arraigned Monday are identified as Luis Francisco Mora, 30; Joseph Austin Gaskins, 21; Faraz Martin Talab, 27; Bryan Rivera, 21; Brian Lightfoot, 25; and Jesse Merel Cannon, 31; Jeremy Jonathan White, 39.
There is an arrest warrant was reportedly issued for Erich Louis Yach, 37.
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