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Protests scheduled for Berkeley, San Francisco cancelled over the weekend

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After some pushback from local officials and citizens, two organizations cancelled right-wing rallies on Friday.

The first rally was supposed to be at Crissy Field in San Francisco on Saturday, and it was organized by a conservative group from Portland, Oregon called Patriot Prayer. Their founder, Joey Gibson, announced on Facebook on Friday afternoon the rally was cancelled citing, “tons of extremists” being present as a primary reason.

“It doesn’t seem safe,” Gibson said on Facebook on Friday. “A lot of people’s lives are going to be in danger tomorrow.”

Just a few hours after that cancellation, the organizers of a Berkeley rally that was supposed to be on Sunday at Civic Center Park titled “No Marxism in America” was also cancelled by the primary organizer. Organizer Amber Cummings told reporters at a press conference on Friday evening she was afraid people attending the event would be “attacked” by counter-protesters.

Several local officials and leaders like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the President of the NAACP Oakland Chapter, George Holland, all denounced the rallies publically before and after the cancellations, according to The Mercury News. Both of the rallies were met with some heavy criticism in wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia protests that saw three people killed and more than 40 others injured after a car plowed into the crowd.

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