A white supremacist rally on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall ended with a handful of arrests Saturday afternoon as counter-protesters showered police and white supremacists with rocks, bottles and other debris.
[Update, 4:50 p.m.: All five people arrested were counter-protesters, police say.]
A rally by 40 members of a group calling itself the National Socialist Movement drew hundreds of counter-protesters from throughout the region. In the hours leading up to the rally, where members called for the removal of all nonwhites from America's southwest, counter-protesters scuffled with people perceived to be sympathizing with the white supremacists' message.
One man, who sported Nazi tattoos, was severely beaten near City Hall while another man, who carried a confusing sign about religion with a scribbled swastika, was pummeled by a mob of people on Spring Street between 1st and 2nd.The Los Angeles Police Department went on tactical alert during the event and took responsibility for escorting the white supremacists to and from the demonstration site. Earlier in the week the group had obtained a permit for the demonstration.
No doubt a little investigation would turn up the political affiliations of whoever filed for that permit. My money says Mr. Permit is a Democrat Party affiliated union thug, looking to drum up some bad press for the tea parties and immigration reform.
Getting counter-demonstrators to come and beat them up is a nice touch, eh? I wonder if they all rode the same bus home from the demo?