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Protesters confront San Francisco Police officers outside of Alamo Square Park in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. San&nbsp;Francisco&nbsp;officials took further steps Saturday to prevent violence ahead of a planned news conference by a right-wing group. Officials erected fencing and a large contingent of police monitored Alamo Square park, where the group Patriot Prayer was set to hold its event. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Patriot Prayer plans to hold press conference after canceled rally in San Francisco



The Oregon-based Patriot Prayer group plans to hold a press conference on Saturday at 5 p.m. local time in Alamo Square Park after they canceled their free speech rally due to safety concerns.

The group canceled their free speech rally on Saturday due to safety concerns.

In a video posted on Facebook, Gibson said, "After several conversations with the police and understanding the situation of what's going on, we've decided that tomorrow really seems like a setup... the mayor, Nancy Pelosi, the media. All these people are saying we're white supremacists, and it's bringing in all these extremists... So we're going to take the opportunity to not fall into that trap. We're not going to have a rally at Crissy Field. [Instead] We're going to have a news conference in Alamo Park... to talk about the rhetoric in San Francisco."

Hundreds of demonstrators surrounded Alamo Square Park to counter-protest the rally Saturday morning.

Authorities closed off the park and are closely monitoring the area.

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