After city officials tried – unsuccessfully – to stop a “Freedom Rally” slated to take place Saturday in San Francisco, the events organizers abruptly canceled the event, telling those who had planned on attending that they feared demonstrators were being “set up” by left wing protesters intent on violently attacking them.
Joey Gibson, one of the rally’s organizers, said that his group, Patriot Prayer, had decided to cancel the event – which was slated to take place in Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge – after several conversations with San Francisco police. Instead, Gibson said the group plans to hold a hastily scheduled press conference at 2 p.m. in Alamo Square Park, according to CBS.At the press conference, Gibson said he will provide more details about his reasoning for canceling the rally.
Gibson blamed the rhetoric of politicians like Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for helping attract the attention of “extremists.”
“After several conversations with the police and understanding, you know, the situation of what’s going on we decided that tomorrow really seems like a setup. It doesn’t seem safe,” said Gibson. “A lot of people’s lives are going to be in danger tomorrow. The rhetoric from Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Lee, the media, all these people are saying that we’re white supremacists and it’s bringing in tons of extremists. And it seems just like a huge setup.”
He also singled out members of far-left group Antifa for trying to intimidate peaceful demonstrators.
“’These Antifa thugs, these kids who dress in all black, they constantly put police officers lives in danger, our lives in danger, liberal lives in danger if they get in their way or speak out against them’ said Gibson Friday afternoon.”
Sunday’s anti-Marxist rally in Berkeley is expected to proceed as planned, and Gibson urged viewers to attend that event as well.