Party poopers: rightwing rally cancelled in San Francisco amid dog poo protest

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Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson along with other group members announced that the event was canceled on the group's Facebook page less than 24 hours before the event was scheduled to take place. "Take your dog to Crissy Field and let them do their business and be sure not to clean it up!"

Tuffington said he dropped by the site early Friday to check on the feasibility of going through with his vision, and decided it did not look possible.

Tuffington didn't realize he'd made the event public.

Amber Cummings, who is organizing the rally against Marxism, said racists and hate groups are not invited to her Sunday event.

While officials are working to keep opposing groups far apart from each other, hoping the weekend ends without serious injuries as recent gatherings in Boston did, many expect extremists on the right and left to clash.

Another group plans a less messy counter-protest against the alt-right group.

"We purposely do this because we want protesters to show up so they can hear us".

The permit came with a long list of conditions: No guns, ammo, weapons, shields, sticks, pressurized canisters, mace, helmets and more will be allowed into the event. Their events in Portland and Seattle attracted neo-Nazis, white supremacists, militia groups, and "Alt-Right" trolls.

To some extent, Gibson said, that is true.

Tuffington, 45, said he wanted a way to push back peacefully against the white supremacists as they marched in his city, without having to meet up with them face to face.

"I do not think people should think this is a victory but be extremely cautions", Jones said after the cancellation.

Top officials, activists and residents anticipate trouble, however.

Nonetheless, the city's political heavyweights - Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors President London Breed, Police Chief William Scott, Sens.

Leading California Democrats House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein, who both represent California, have called for the event to be cancelled, expressing concern after the violence in Charlottesville.

"The shameful, anti-American trend of hate-filled extremist rallies will unfortunately be allowed to continue this weekend in our city", Lee said in a statement Wednesday after the Park Service approved Gibson's permit. "As a matter of public safety, it can not be allowed to happen", Wiener told USA TODAY.

It's the kind of symbolic image - jackboots landing in dog poop - that any artist would love, not to mention writers of headlines, like this one in The Guardian: "Turd Reich: San Francisco dog owners lay minefield of poo for rightwing rally".

"It's not just skin color or gender, I'm talking about tolerance of speech", said Gibson, who is Japanese-American.

"We could have had this rally tomorrow, and it would have been peaceful", he said. "People have a right to say whatever they want", says Gibson. "Bring all the cut flowers you can gather to Crissy Field to distribute in the name of equality and against fascism". Many expect anti-fascist groups to meet the ralliers head on.

"We're in an interesting situation no question about it, where the Bay Area, known for its protection of speech is also known for how much it deplores discrimination and hate speech", said Julie Nice, a constitutional law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Gibson said he believed no permit was required because he was not holding a rally, "just going to talk with media", he told USA TODAY.

"Almost every one of these speakers speaks in a way that promotes violence or insinuates violence", Rohrer said. But Bay Area elected officials have condemned both events as "white nationalist" rallies.

My statement on extremists' decision to cancel permitted rally at Crissy Field and to hold an illegal, volatile rally at Alamo Square.

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