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Facebook Group Leads To Violent Face Offs At Protests

Protesters marching in La Mesa, Calif. August 1, 2020.
Max Rivlin-Nadler
Protesters marching in La Mesa, Calif. August 1, 2020.
Some of the confrontations have involved members of a Facebook group called “Defend East County.” The group was started after a La Mesa protest at the end of May turned destructive. It has recently swelled to over 20,000 members.

The demonstrations in support of racial justice, police accountability and Black Lives Matter have sparked a counter movement, which The San Diego Union-Tribune reports is showing up in disturbing confrontations in San Diego’s East County.

Some of the confrontations have involved members of a Facebook group called “Defend East County.” The group was started after a La Mesa protest at the end of May turned destructive. It has recently swelled to over 20,000 members.

Union-Tribune reporter Andrew Dyer has written about the origins of the group and increasingly volatile face-offs between protesters and counter-protesters in East County. He joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss his reporting.