Conservatives are organizing a free speech rally, which has been attacked by critics


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San Francisco A free speech demonstration organized by conservative activists in downtown San Francisco on Saturday collapsed soon after several hundreds of anti-protesters swept through the area, outnumbered them and attacked the crowds, including beating one of them in the mouth.

An Associated Press photographer saw an activist from Team Save America transported in an ambulance and injured police officer in San Francisco on the ground next to United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.

Team Save America organized a protest on Twitter, which it said was crushing conservative rhetoric.

Members of the group wore red Trump campaign hats bearing the slogan “Make America Great Again” and carried pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags and flags of the United States.

Philip Anderson, organizer of the event, posted photos on social media of his bloodied mouth, losing a front tooth, and one loosely attached to it. He said that anti-fascist protesters attacked him “for no reason.”

Anderson climbed the stage at around 1 p.m. and was greeted by cheers, plastic water and glass bottles thrown over police barriers.

The event was canceled, although both sides remained in the area until the afternoon.

Messages that left with the San Francisco Police Department were not immediately returned on Saturday.

Anderson described the hypocritical opponents and said they were the reason President Donald Trump voted.

He said, “I love America, I love this country, and I love freedom of expression.”

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