SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Following the violence final weekend at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, San Francisco’s metropolis, state and federal officers as we speak despatched a robust message to organizers of an alt-proper rally deliberate for later this month at Crissy Area.
“No, you aren’t welcome in San Francisco,” Board of Supervisors president London Breed stated. “You aren’t welcome right here, don’t come to San Francisco, we’re going to do the whole lot we will to cease you.”
Breed as we speak joined Mayor Ed Lee and police Chief Invoice Scott in sending a letter to the Nationwide Park Service expressing “outrage” over its determination to grant a allow to the group “Patriot Prayer” for an Aug. 26 rally. The park service has jurisdiction over Crissy Area, which is a part of the Golden Gate Nationwide Recreation Space.
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The letter requires the park service to impose circumstances to make sure public security and to offer assurances to the town that detailed safety plans and measures will probably be in place.
“San Francisco has an extended and storied historical past of championing freedom of expression and First Modification rights, however as we have now witnessed in current months, most of these rallies can shortly flip hateful and violent with tragic penalties,” Lee stated within the letter.
“Occasions in Charlottesville and Seattle are proof that rallies corresponding to these appeal to excessive and racist fringe teams who solely need to provoke malice and incite brutality,” he stated.
Home Minority Chief Nancy Pelosi additionally referred to as for the park service to rethink the allow.
“Free speech doesn’t grant the best to yell hearth in a crowded theater, incite violence or endanger the general public in any venue,” Pelosi stated in a press release.
State Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymen Phil Ting and David Chiu additionally despatched letters to the park service expressing considerations concerning the rally.
“As public officers we’re used to variations in ideology, however the occasions in Charlottesville, full with violence and protestors armed with automated weapons, have moved us previous any sense of civil discourse or peaceable meeting,” that letter reads. “If this rally goes…