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College Republicans’ Patriot Prayer rally disrupted by counter-protesters

College Republicans’ Patriot Prayer rally disrupted by counter-protesters
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Torn pieces of an American flag lie on the ground at the University of Washington, Feb. 10, 2018.(Q13 Fox Seattle)

Five individuals were detained as battles broke out and a minimum of one American flag was burned Saturday after a college Republican rally in Seattle drew counter-protesters.

College Republicans at the University of Washington had actually welcomed members of Patriot Prayer, a group in Vancouver, Wash., to speak in the university’s Red Square for a “flexibility rally,” the Seattle Times reported .

The objectives were to bring conservatives together and promote free-speech rights, College Republicans President Chevy Swanson informed the Times. As the occasion got underway, advocates shouted “U-S-A!, U-S-A!,” and indications consisted of one that checked out, “We craved liberty not socialism.”

But more than 1,000 counter-protesters appeared to oppose the occasion.

“I found out that they believed my vote was a hate criminal offense, ” Kathryn Townsend, who stated she elected Donald Trump in 2016, informed Seattle’s Q13 Fox .

“I found out that they believed my vote was a hate criminal activity.”

– Kathryn Townsend, fan of President Donald Trump

Some counter-protesters voiced their objectives.

“ We ’ re here to combat back versus the far ideal and fascism on our school, ” one counter-protester stated.

Added another: “ I ’ m not a fan of the president, and these individuals are fans. I desire to come out here and state this is not OKAY. And exactly what you’ re doing is not OKAY.”

After numerous skirmishes broke out, cops reacted with pepper spray. University of Washington authorities stated those detained were accuseded of disorderly conduct.

No officers were hurt, they stated.

University authorities were fretted about the capacity for violence at the rally, and the school’s president had actually cautioned trainees to prevent the location.

The Associated Press added to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.