At least five people have been rushed to hospital including several in critical condition after a mass stabbing at a neo-Nazi rally in Los Angeles yesterday. The attacks came amid clashes between the far-right activists and counter-demonstrators outside the Capitol building in Sacramento.
While it is not yet known which group the wounded belonged to, one neo-Nazi broadcasting the march online bragged that ‘they got one of ours but we got six of theirs’.
Emergency crews were called to the area at 11.45am and found victims strewn across the grounds outside of the Capitol building.
Around an hour later police had cordoned off parts of the area and most of the demonstrators had left, according to the LA Times. Police were forced to use tear gas in order to disperse the demonstrators, according to local reports.
Demonstrations by the Traditionalist Worker Party had been planned for several weeks, while posts on social media suggest counter-demonstrations were also well-organized.
Images from the scene show dozens of counter demonstrators lined up in front of the Capitol building, vastly outnumbering the the neo-Nazis protesters gathered in the park opposite.
Video from the scene suggests the clashes took place in the park, with footage showing people being dragged, kicked and punched as violence broke out.
In one particularly disturbing piece of footage, a man with long hair can be see getting up off the grass before being hit in the head with a bat by another man wearing a mask across their face.
On it’s website, the Hitler-inspired group says it ‘is America’s first political party created by and for working families.
‘Our mission is defending faith, family, and folk against the politicians and oligarchs who are running America into the ground.
‘We intend to achieve that goal by building a nationwide network of grassroots local leaders who will lead Americans toward a peaceful and prosperous future free from economic exploitation, federal tyranny, and anti-Christian degeneracy.’