SAN FRANCISCO: Organizers Cancel Tomorrow’s Hate Rally, Say They Fear Violence From Counter-Protesters

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

The leader of a right-wing group that had planned a Saturday rally at Crissy Field in San Francisco said Friday that he had decided to cancel the event and hold a news conference instead.

On Facebook Live, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer said the news conference would be held at 2 p.m. at Alamo Square in the Western Addition. He said the same speakers who were going to appear at Crissy Field would be there.

Gibson and other supporters appearing with him on the Facebook feed said they’d changed their plans because of fears that violent protesters using “black bloc” tactics would attend their Crissy Field rally. They also said the speakers and bands slated to perform at the rally had been “harassed.”

“I am calling on (city officials) to denounce antifa publicly,” said Will Johnson, an event organizer with Patriot Prayer. “We could have had this rally tomorrow, and it would have been peaceful. Not a single person wants to fight. They are bringing the violence.”