Nancy Pelosi (Photo by Victoria Pickering under Creative Commons license)

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On Monday night, in response to the violence at a rally in Berkeley, California, on Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement condemning antifa for its involvement in the event getting out of control.

While Berkeley is not within Pelosi's congressional district, she is arguably the national politician most closely associated with Northern California in general.

The antifa members showed up as counter-protesters at what had been planned as a “No to Marxism in America” rally by conservative protesters. While the event was officially canceled, hundreds of demonstrators still showed up.

“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” Pelosi wrote. "The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.

“In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech,” she continued. “Non-violence is fundamental to that right. Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness and justice that represent the best of America.”

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