Bay Area TV Anchor: "I Experienced Hate First Hand Today In Berkeley" From Antifa

After the media lashed out at right-wing extremists in the aftermath of the tragic violence in Charlottesville, the tide now appears to be turning against the all-black-clad "Antifa."

For the first time since the campaigns began late last year and protests broke out, The Washington Post unleashed this shocking headline.

Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa - “anti-fascist” - members barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.


Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering.


Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray-wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed, “Fascist go home!”

All told, the Associated Press reported at least five individuals were attacked. An AP reporter witnessed the assaults.

Berkeley Police’s Lt. Joe Okies told The Washington Post the rally resulted in “13 arrests on a range of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing a police officer, and various Berkeley municipal code violations.”

But it's not just WaPo that is exposing some truth. Well known Bay Area TV personality, Frank Somerville - KTVU anchor - took to Facebook this weekend to explain what happened to him when he took a day trip to Berkeley.

Before he starts, he notes...

"My wife told me I'm going to get crucified by posting this. I told her I didn't care. This is what happened. This is what I saw. This is what I experienced. This is the truth. Period.


If people dont want to hear the truth thats not my problem. I have no agenda. Im just saying that this is what happened to me today, think about it. And make your own decision."

And judging by the 2800 comments and 10s of 1000s of 'shares', Somerville's report (below) struck more than a chord...

I experienced hate first hand today... It came from these people dressed in all black at a protest in Berkeley.


Ironically they were all chanting about NO hate.


Some had shields and gloves. Some had helmets. Some had gas masks.



I was watching them and taking it all in. I came there on my own time. Because I wanted to see things first hand. I was dressed in shorts and a tank top.


At one point I took out my phone to take a picture. And that's when it all happened. (And just to be clear they were playing for the cameras in front but I was toward the back. And since there were already so many people taking their picture I didn't think it would be an issue.)



I took these two pictures and afterward they started screaming at me. I thought for sure they were going to attack. I was just waiting for it. I wasn't scared.


But I stayed calm even though I thought this may not end well for me. Here's how the conversation went (and as you're reading this keep in mind that they were yelling at me and their words were filled with venom, anger, hate and intolerance.)


There's just no other way to describe it. I was stunned.


Them: Hey! No pictures or we'll take your phone!!! (At that point I'd already taken these shots)


Me (In calm voice): You're on public property and I can take a picture if I want to.


Them: Oh so you're a big man with a camera?


Me: No I just wanted to take a picture and talk with you.


Them (rushing toward me): We outnumber you and we will take your camera!


Me: You're not going to take my camera and you're not going to tell me what to do. Why can't we just have a respectful conversation. (I then touched one of them on her hand to say it's okay I just want to talk)


Them: Don't touch me!!


Me: I'm not trying to do anything. I just want to try to understand and have a respectful conversation.


Them: We'll block your shot!!!


Me: That's fine. All I wanted to do was have a conversation.


Them: Now is not the time. (In fairness he was the one person who was respectful)


Then as I started to walk away a woman started screaming at me saying: We're not interested in talking to you!! We're not interested in talking to you!!


I walked away stunned. I grew up in Berkeley. I marched in anti-war protests during the sixties.


Its one thing to read about HATE, It's another thing to be right next to it.


In my opinion, these people dressed in black are just as hateful and intolerant as the people they are protesting against.


Afterward I was talking to several other protesters. (Not dressed in black)


One of them actually stood up for me as the people dressed in black were threatening me. I was touched. They were just as disappointed as I was. They said that the people dressed in black represent a small minority and that they "hijack" the protests.


And I agree. MOST of the people out there today in Berkeley were non-violent.


They were there for the cause. They just wanted to come out and stand up against hate. I totally support them. But I do not support extremists, whether they are on the right or the left.


Hate is hate. And I experienced it first hand today. It was sad to see.

The commenters, as one would imagine, were very diverse in their opinions about Somerville's story, but the cognitive dissonance seems immense...

Niki D'Amore That's not hate. They were prepared for battle. They're fighting for your daughter's rights, for my rights. They had a preconceived notion of the kind of man you are, based on your whiteness, and the way you were dressed. Is their presumption of you ok, absolutely not, but we're in the midst of a revolution, at a turning point, and some people expect you to pick a side. This wasn't hate. It was anger.


Mileen Nahon I wouldn't be surprised if they were actually part of the Neo Nazi group and are dressed as counter-protestors to make the opposing side look bad. WHY wear so much disguise unless you are there to cause real damage? WHY are you there to cause damage if you are there to oppose these fascist morons?


Tommy Salami That's it. I'm done with you, Frank. Did you see Inglorious Basterds? Schindler's List? Hell, Indiana Jones? Were you confused about who the bad guy was? You wandered into a literal battlefield dressed like a Summer tourist and tried to have a conversation? What on Earth is wrong with you?


Bob Demello How do we know they were not far right hater's there to make peaceful protesters look bad?


Eric Anderson Surprising to hear you taking a political position and agreeing with our President's statement regarding violence from many sides. Equivocation between fascists and anti-fascists is a core strategy of the alt-right.

Somerville was careful to respond to each assertion, and summarized as follows...

What's so interesting to me about all of this is that I actually went there becausee I wanted to see if I could talk to a white supremacist... i was wondering what it would be like to be standing next to someone hates... instead I experienced hate by finding finding myself standing next to extremists on the left...


There have been a lot of people leaving comments about me where they completely disagree with me. and that's totally okay. to the discussion that's so important. We all see life thru a different lens. What I described today was what I saw they MY lens. But I also want to see things thru your lens whether I agree or disagree with you. That's how we learn. So thank you for your comments whether you argree with me or whether you vehemently disagree with me.

Sticking your neck out and reporting truth is anathema in this new normal, we hope, as his wife suggested, he is not crucified; however, we suspect, given the bias in the Bay Area, he may well be.

And as an aside, here is Somerville's daughter with her two best friends...

A couple of final thoughts...


Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:33 Permalink

This "news" guy is SO fired.

"Tell the truth?!?! That's it. You're FIRED!"

El Vaquero Arnold Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:49 Permalink

Christ, I've been saying that these people are some of the most hateful people I've ever been around for over a year now after being face to face with them.  I've never had them threaten to take my camera, but I've been called every dirty name under the book.  But I look like I can and will wreck some shit. 

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macholatte Cloud9.5 Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:16 Permalink

 I blame the police... the individual cops who are allowing this. Cops have no problem at all calling in sick when their union contract is up for negotiation. This business of them claiming to be powerless because the mayor said to stand down is unadulterated bullshit. They have been known to attack the “right wing” demonstrators but back off from the Soros funded lefties. The “just taking orders” crap didn’t work at Nuremberg and it shouldn't work now.It should be easy to arrest all the black clad people wearing masks. But they don’t do it.  Why?So maybe it’s time to flush the toilet and get rid of those uniformed thugs being paid by the tax payers but working for the Soros Machine just like Georgie was doing in Nazi Germany. 

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Manthong J S Bach Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:42 Permalink

  You do not need to be a certificated Security Professional to understand that these thugs are TERRORISTS and should be treated as such. that kind of event, just showing up in black with covered faces, with any kind of offensive implement should be enough to warrant a terrorism charge.   

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Socratic Dog Haus-Targaryen Mon, 08/28/2017 - 13:07 Permalink

I love the way he can't go past equivalence.  Motherfucker.  Couple thousand people standing around peacefully, a few hundred masked terrorists beating the shit out of them, and the terrorists are "as bad as the alt-right"? What the fuck?Well, baby steps maybe.I was thinking about going to that one yesterday, decided no.  One of these days snipers will be taking out people from both sides, just like in the Ukraine.  No need for me to be one of them.  I'll sit this one out as long as I can.

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FreddieX Socratic Dog Mon, 08/28/2017 - 13:34 Permalink is the media promoting Antifa?...On August 18, the New York Times, the main newspaper voice for the Democratic Party, published a major front-page feature article,......The Times article is not the only example. On August 20, NBC’s “Meet the Press” carried a segment featuring Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Lecturer at Dartmouth.Bray was also invited to write an op-ed in the Washington Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos....The promotion of Antifa serves several interrelated functions. First, the physical violence of a handful of protesters in any large demonstration is regularly used as a pretext for police provocation. This is true not only in the US, but in Europe and around the world. Police give the “anti-fascist” and anarchist groups a free hand to carry out provocations, which are then exploited to carry out a violent crackdown.The groups themselves are easily infiltrated by police provocateurs, who encourage violent acts for the desired end.The politics of the various groups that comprise Antifa are, moreover, entirely compatible with those of the Democratic Party, and serve a purpose for that section of the political establishment.... is the New York Times promoting the “black bloc”?...Authored by Times reporter Farah Stockman, the article consists not only of breathless accounts of gratuitous acts of violence by these elements and extended quotes from individuals claiming to represent their politics, but also multiple links to anarchist and black bloc websites and twitter feeds, helpfully provided for any reader who might want to get involved....There has been a long experience with the violence of the so-called “black bloc,” anarchist and ANTIFA protesters, not only in the United States, but in Europe and around the world. The politics of these movements are thoroughly reactionary, based upon a visceral hostility to any struggle to mobilize the working class and youth in an independent political struggle against the capitalist system and for socialism. They attract demoralized and disoriented elements from the middle class, along with a sizable number of police provocateurs who hide behind hoods and masks and egg on the violence to provide an excuse for repression.

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Bes The_Juggernaut Mon, 08/28/2017 - 17:09 Permalink

ANTIFA - the newest boogieman and distractionsome loser antifa douches threatening to take phones are what we need to worry about??? they literally represent like 1% of the people in the marches.  and NOBODY likes those clowns.  fuck them.-------But there is literally a ZIO-GOLDMAN-NEOCON in the white house andhe is MILITARIZING THE POLICEagainst youyou are taking your eye off the ball#maga

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bluez Bes Mon, 08/28/2017 - 19:10 Permalink

Many, presumably the very great majority, of the autonomous leftists who might call themselves anarchists DESPISE the people who dress in black, throw rocks, etc. They are either Soros, et al. funded black bloc or antifa, or they are undercover infiltrators (agent[s] provocateurs). Certainly most are being paid. Not at all unlike the "rebels" in Syria, in fact.They are funded and transported, and it is almost impossible to keep them out of genuine demonstrations.

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fleur de lis DWD-MOVIE (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 00:05 Permalink

After all this time and the savage public displays of destruction, it's only now that this professional reporter realizes that Antifa is a collection of aimless and violent thugs?Did he not believe the repeated footage of personal assault and property damage? He had to approach the savages and risk his own wellbeing?And what did he learn?That the footage was accurate after all.Proof positive that the MSM is willfully ignorant.   

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ThunderbirdXXI DWD-MOVIE (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 02:49 Permalink

Sticking your ass up in the air like a stink bug next to a sign that says plug my hole isn't part time work, it is more like overtime without pay and or benefits. I don't even work and I make over three times as much as you make in one week. So quit bragging about shitty results - when you clear over a hundred grand in a month without having to resort to pulling someone's pud or diddling yourself on a gay-chat room, then we'll have an adult conversation. But until then, shut the fuck up already.

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Clearcutt The_Juggernaut Mon, 08/28/2017 - 19:59 Permalink

Exactly. Notice he picks the false flag conspiracy tweets to cast shade on the rightists while expressing shock at the lefties. C'mon guys we're on the same team, right? Ha.The 'turds should try Baltimore tactics. After the Freddie Gray murder the socials flushed the schools out to go join the protests. That's grass roots. Antifa is a bunch of lost yippies who were born 50 years too late. They should consult with Abbie Hoffman. Rabble without a cause.

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Nostradumbass SlowBro Mon, 08/28/2017 - 17:07 Permalink

If Jesus ever actually lived and if he said this - "love your enemies" he is my enemy and I hate him.Think about this for a moment.What possible purpose does it serve except for your very own destruction to love your enemy?There is no sane way to twist these words into anything useful.It is best to emulate the generation of vipers - the j00ze - and to truly hate one's enemy. This and this alone serves your interests perfectly. The j00ze hate us and we should hate them equally. 

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Manthong Keyser Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:58 Permalink

  They are not anarchists. That anarchists are all violent bomb throwers is state propaganda. They are terrorists, Fascists and Communists… they want state control the way they determine appropriate. Anarchists want little or no state control and most real anarchists are not violent. 

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