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With far-right, anti-fascist groups expected to clash in Bay Area, police plan overwhelming force, zero tolerance

With far-right, anti-fascist groups expected to clash in Bay Area, police plan overwhelming force, zero tolerance

Back-to-back rallies this weekend that are expected to draw both far-right figures and large groups of counter-protesters to the Bay Area will offer a test of whether police can prevent the violence that plagued similar protests earlier this year.

Law enforcement has spent weeks planning for the events in San Francisco and Berkeley. At the center of the campaign will be a huge police presence, perhaps more than a thousand officers who intend to crack down at the first sign of trouble.

The San Francisco Police Department plans to have its entire roster on duty for Saturday afternoon’s “Freedom Rally” at Crissy Field Beach. In Berkeley, the site of Sunday's rally, city officials...

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