Clash at California capitol leaves 10 people injured

Clash at California capitol leaves 10 people injured

A clash between members of a white supremacist group with counter-protesters at a rally outside the California state capitol on Sunday left at least 10 people injured, Sacramento police officials confirmed.

The rally was staged by the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), which is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a white nationalist extremist group. Matt Parrott, one of the party’s leaders, said the rally was part of a protest against violence erupted outside recent rallies by the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Yesterday’s melee fueled concerns that more violent protests could take place outside the upcoming major party conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, in the run-up to the November 8th presidential election.

When asked for a comment, Democratic strategist Steve Schale said, “With the eyes of the world’s media on both Philadelphia and Cleveland, no doubt there will be significant protests. The extreme rhetoric, combined with the nonstop media attention, does encourage these kinds of events.”

When members of the white supremacist group arrived at the capitol in Sacramento at around noon yesterday, counter-protesters from an organization called Anti-Fascist Action Sacramento promptly ran in and engaged in a fight.

The Sacramento Fire Department confirmed that a total of 10 people were treated at local hospitals for stabbing and laceration wounds. None of the injuries were, luckily, life-threatening. The building was immediately placed on lockdown.

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