Posted by Tina
Two, or is it three, groups clashed on the steps of the capitol in sacramento today according to KCRA:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Ten people were injured during a clash between anti-fascists and white supremacists at the State Capitol Sunday, authorities said. Two people suffered life-threatening stab wounds were taken to area hospitals, officials said. Nine men and one woman, ages 19 to 58, were injured during the fight. At least three people were stabbed at the State Capitol while others were stabbed in a neighboring park. Fire crews report patients’ injuries range from stab wounds to lacerations.
The Traditionalist Workers Party had a scheduled protest at noon when a group of counter-protesters showed up to demonstrate against them. More than 150 anti-fascists confronted about 25 white supremacists in front of the State Capitol, police said. The protesters threw pieces of concrete, rocks and smashed the glass at the Capitol. A large fight broke out where people carrying sticks rushed into the area of the rally, according to Sacramento Fire Department spokesperson Chris Harvey. A few members of the Traditionalist Workers Party were hit with concrete and sent bleeding into the building.
Several members of an anti-fascist group assaulted KCRA 3’s Mike Luery and his photographer John Breedlove, making it clear they did not want documentation of their destruction of the Capitol. “Well that’s what you get for messing with the Black Bloc,” a protester said.
The Black Bloc wear all black clothing with hoodies over their heads and bandanas over their faces to mask their identities, officials said. “Typically we will see them bring some type of weapons, whether they be rocks, bottles and backpacks — could be as much as a knife or a gun — and they will come in with the intent of creating chaos or anarchy,” Sacramento police Lt. Dennis Joy said. “They want to damage businesses (and) break windows.”
Read about the Traditionalist Workers Party here, although the group seems to be newly formed and the site is very simple. It’s founder is purported to be Matthew Heimbach. Heimbach admits to pushing a black woman at a Trump rally, claiming Black Lives Matter started the mayhem that led to the act.
Golden State Skinheads were in attendance but the various stories I read didn’t make it clear whether they were another group or the Traditionalist Workers Party.
“[Video] features yours truly helping the crowd drive out one of the women who had been pushing, shoving, barking, and screaming at the attendees for the better part of an hour,” he wrote in a post on the website for the Traditionalist Youth Network, a group that promotes white supremacy.
Read more about the sometimes anarchist oriented Black Bloc here:
Black blocs are “ad hoc assemblages of individuals or affinity groups that last for the duration of a march or rally” in which members retain their anonymity via head-to-toe black clothing. While there may be uses of force, “more often than not they are content to protest peacefully” with the main objective being to “embody within a demonstration a radical critique of the economic and political system.” A black bloc can be one person or thousands. It should be noted the black bloc isn’t a group, but rather a tactic to allow for radicals to engage in direct action without fear of arrest; while many black blockers are anarchist, not all of them are. …
…The first time the black bloc made a major move in North America was during a January 1991 rally against the Persian Gulf war where the World Bank building was targeted. Black bloc tactics were also used by the militant anti-racist group Anti-Racist Action, which focuses on directly confronting neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
The skin heads apparently had the permit. The photo’s I saw showed a few bloody skinheads. No word about numbers of injured by group affiliation. This is nuts!