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At Berkeley's right-wing protest, a reporter becomes part of the story

Reveal / Center for Investigative Reporting
Reveal host Al Letson intervenes to protect a protestor.

In San Francisco, Saturday, peaceful protests from Alamo Square to the Mission District to Civic Center Plaza showed solidarity against racism and prejudice — even as events organized by right-wing organizations failed to materialize.


But another demonstration yesterday at Berkeley’s Civic Center did include outbursts of violence — and a dramatic incident when Al Letson, host of the Reveal podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, physically interposed himself between a right-wing protestor and a crowd of angry anti-fascist activists.



"I saw someone pull out a flag pole and begin to bring it down and hit him with it. When I watched that, it scared me, I thought, 'They're gonna kill him.'"

You can listen to a conversation about the Berkeley protest between KALW News Director Ben Trefny and Al Letson here: