U.S. House Minority Leader Pelosi Condemns Antifa After Berkeley Violence

Berkeley mayor says time has come to classify the left-wing political activist group as a gang

Antifa members and counter protesters gather during a rightwing No-To-Marxism rally on August 27, 2017 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Berkeley, California.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned on Tuesday the violence of far-left group Antifa at recent demonstrations in Berkeley, California. "Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts," the Democratic representative said that said in a statement.

"The violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted," she said.

Pelosi added that "in California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech. Non-violence is fundamental to that right.  Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness and justice that represent the best of America.”

American news outlets reported on Sunday that activists affiliated with the leftist group physically attacked right-wing protestors who held a demonstration in support of President Trump in the liberal university town of Berkeley.

Images from the scene showed masked activists shoving, pushing, punching and kicking a number of right-wing demonstrators. The mayor of Berkeley said in reply that it was time to classify Antifa as a gang. "They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia and I think we need to think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach,” he said.