On Sunday, seven people were stabbed after a neo-nazi group faced off against counter-protesters in Sacramento, CA near the State's Capitolbuilding. Oof!
Apparently, a group of white nationalists arrived a little before 12 p.m. for their previously scheduled march on the government building — only to be met by hundreds of protesters and anarchists. Unfortunately, the clash between the Traditionalist Worker Party and the protesters almost immediately descended into violent chaos.
Intense stuff. Not shockingly, this fight caused the Capitol building to go into lock down for the rest of Sunday afternoon. Despite the fact that the police had swarmed the park by the evening, no arrests had been made.
Reportedly, the counter protesters were trying to stop the TWP from being able to recruit members. And it seems neither side is willing to take responsibility for starting the violence. One activist, named Chandra Zafra, stated:
"They attacked each other without hesitation. It was a war zone."
However, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers seemed to place the blame on the anarchists:
"It's a highly volatile situation. This time the the anarchists have taken a much more aggressive stance to wreak havoc on the city."
Nonetheless Brian Levin,who is the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, warned the Capitol that violence could result from the rally since it had been scheduled for weeks and gave both groups plenty of time to organize. Levin also added that this eruption only helps the white nationalist's offensive cause as they constantly spread the message that they are "under siege." He concluded:
"Make no mistake – I think the hatemongers wanted to have this violence take place. And some of the anti-fascists very much wanted to have a violent confrontation."
Stay tuned for more details as this story develops.