Counterprotesters gather near San Francisco's Alamo Square Park, which the city had blocked off on Saturday, August 26. Hundreds took to the streets to oppose Patriot Prayer, an anti-government "free speech" group that had planned a rally in the city. The rally was eventually canceled by its organizer, Joey Gibson, and a backup news conference at Alamo Square never happened either.
A counterprotester, right, interacts with a Patriot Prayer supporter that showed up at Crissy Field despite the rally being canceled there.
A woman wears a costume outside a counterprotest event at San Francisco's Civic Center.
Police move a woman as she tried to enter Alamo Square.
Gibson, the Patriot Prayer organizer, talks to supporters on Facebook Live after he had canceled the rally due to safety concerns. Gibson has said in Facebook videos that he's been unfairly painted as a white supremacist by politicians when he is himself a person of color. He said the Crissy Field event was for moderates and a way to bring together people who believe in free speech and a way "to build a healthy culture to stand against against antifa, Communists, white supremacists, Nazis."
A girl stands near police officers who were blocking off Alamo Square. With the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, still fresh in everyone's minds, San Francisco police had braced for the worst, fearing the Patriot Prayer event might attract right-wing extremists. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee urged residents to "unite against hate" and partake in peaceful rallies.
A demonstrator holds a sign outside Alamo Square.