Monday, June 27, 2016

At least 10 hurt at chaotic, bloody neo-Nazi rally at Capitol


At least five people were stabbed; more than 100 police officers responded
Injuries, violent acts reported on both sides of altercation
Protesters included left-wing anarchists, who clashed with skinheads

By Stephen Magagnini, Ellen Garrison and Sam Stanton

A rally by a small group of neo-Nazi demonstrators at the state Capitol on Sunday erupted into a violent clash with protesters that left at least 10 people injured – five of them stabbed – and closed down streets as more than 100 police in riot gear and on horseback intervened to halt the mayhem.

Demonstrators battled with sticks, protest signs and other weapons as the Traditionalist Worker Party group – which said it wanted to assist supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – began setting up for a scheduled noon rally on the west steps of the Capitol.

Even before the event began, clashes broke out at numerous locations around the Capitol grounds among the 400 people gathered for and against the rally, which had been heavily promoted – and denounced – in recent days on various websites. Injuries were reported on both sides of the altercation.

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