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Berkeley Trump protests, March 4, 2017. (AP framegrab)
Berkeley Trump protests, March 4, 2017. (AP framegrab)

Trump thanked supporters for Saturday's rallies. Some were marked by violence and arrests.


UPDATE 12:33 p.m.: President Trump tweeted his thanks a day after the rallies.

ORIGINAL STORY: Hundreds of people gathered at rallies nationwide to support President Trump, but many of those rallies were marked by violent clashes between Trump supporters and opponents.

The Los Angeles Times reports a rally in Berkeley, an area known for leaning blue, led to 10 arrests and at least seven people injured as supporters and protesters clashed. In other rallies nationwide, many dubbed "March 4 Trump,"  six people protesting a Trump rally were arrested in St. Paul, Minnesota. Four other people were arrested in Olympia, Washington. 

Photos from the Berkeley rally showed a violent scene.

Trump thanked supporters for Saturday's rallies. Some were marked by violence and arrests.

WATCH | Here's another look at the protest.

Last month, a scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California-Berkeley sparked violent protests that  ultimately led him to cancel.

These crutches come in handy when people started shoving.
Amy Masker, anti-Trump protester

Trump supporters marched a few blocks before meeting counter-protesters. Fights broke out shortly thereafter, city spokesman Matthai Chakko said. Several people were pepper-sprayed.

Of those arrested, one person was charged with resisting arrest, four for assault with a deadly weapon and five for battery. 

Other clashes were strictly verbal, but showed how tense the situation got.

Black bloc sighting

Some of the anti-Trump protesters appeared to use "black bloc" tactics, the Times reported. Black bloc protesters wear black and hide their faces. Many are self-described anarchists and stir up otherwise peaceful protests, including Inauguration Day protests and the aforementioned protests for the Yiannopoulos speech.

We came out today because Trump deserves to see he still has people for him. It's just all sad.
Margaret Howe, Trump supporter

Most rallies were more peaceful than the Berkeley clash. 

Event organizers said supporters showed up because "they love their country and they love what Donald Trump represents." 

Here's a look at pro-Trump rallies across the country.

Gays for Trump, a North Carolina-based group, held a rally of its own on Saturday. LGBT Republicans have said Trump's presidency has helped them feel more accepted by the party.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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