Ten people were hospitalized after a violent clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters outside the state Capitol in Sacramento, California, on June 26 (video below).
The Traditionalist Worker Party, a white supremacist group that says it is "defending faith, family, and folk against the politicians and oligarchs who are running America into the ground," had a permit to legally demonstrate, notes KXTV.
The black-clad white nationalists and skinheads were met by hundreds of counter-protesters who called them "Nazis" and "fascists," and carried signs that said, "Nazi scum."
According to Reuters, more than 100 police officers were at the event where the counter-protesters tried to stop the Traditionalist Worker Party members from getting to a staging area.
After about 20 minutes of chaos, the rally was canceled and the Capitol was put on lockdown for most of the afternoon while staffers and tourists were inside.
The Sacramento Fire Department said two people had life-threatening injuries, at least five were stabbed, and others suffered lacerations and associated injuries.
"They attacked each other without hesitation," counter-protester and Mexica Movement member Chandra Zafra told the Los Angeles Times. "It was a war zone."
Counter-protester Yvette Felarca added, "The Nazis are the violent ones, we are acting in self-defense. We need to take them head on, confront them, but with as many people as possible."
According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, the rally had been planned for weeks.
"Make no mistake -- I think the hatemongers wanted to have this violence take place," Levin told the newspaper. "And some of the anti-fascists very much wanted to have a violent confrontation."
Levin said the group was like "a [Ku Klux] Klan without robes" and had applied "a new, hip wrapping" to white supremacy.
Matt Parrott, vice chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, said that it was the "leftist radicals" who started the violence. Parrott insisted his group is not a violent "supremacist party," but does support ethnic nationalism.
"We stood our ground," Traditionalist Worker Party Chairman Matthew Heimbach said. "We will be back."
So far no arrests have been made, notes Reuters.