Saturday, April 17, 2010

White supremacist rally at L.A. City Hall draws violent counter-protest

"A rally of about 40 white supremacists Saturday on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall drew hundreds of counter-protesters, sparked brawls in which two people were severely beaten and ended with crowds of demonstrators hurling rocks and bottles at police and departing supremacists. Two men are severely beaten by mobs of counter-protesters, and five are arrested for throwing objects at the neo-Nazis and their police escorts," reports the Los Angeles Times. "The rally, conducted by the National Socialist Movement, prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to go on tactical alert as counter-protesters from throughout the region flooded into downtown L.A. They included a wide assortment of African American, Jewish, Latino, immigrants-rights and anarchist groups. While some counter-protesters said they had heard about the event through social media such as Twitter and had come to urge peace in the face of the group's hateful message, others had clearly come for a fight." READ MORE