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Right-wing group cancels San Francisco rally

FILE PHOTO: Patriot Prayer rally organizer Joey Gibson says he's going to do everything that he can to keep a past Portland protest peaceful. (KATU Photo)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A right-wing group has canceled a "freedom rally" scheduled for Saturday in San Francisco that civic leaders had worried would turn violent.

Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson announced Friday that the group would instead hold a news conference at a San Francisco city park Saturday to explain what he called the failure of police and elected officials to keep the group safe.

He said the group would also join an unpermitted anti-Marxist rally across the bay in a Berkeley city park on Sunday that's hosted by a transsexual Trump supporter.

Mayors in both cities say the two groups invite hate.

Gibson said the rhetoric prompted the decision to replace the rally at Crissy Field with the news conference at Alamo Park.

A judge in California also ordered the jailing of a conservative organizer who was scheduled to speak at the Saturday rally.

An Alameda County judge on Friday set bail for 41-year-old Kyle Chapman at $135,000.

Chapman was also told to stay 300 yards away from Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley on Sunday, when a "No to Marxism" rally is scheduled.

Chapman, of Daly City, was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon after authorities said he was seen on video hitting a counter-protester over the head with a billy club during a chaotic March 4 demonstration in the Berkeley park.

Chapman describes himself in social media as a proud American nationalist and ardent Trump supporter.

He said in a Facebook posting on Thursday that he planned to attend both rallies regardless of the outcome of his Friday arraignment.

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