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Violent clashes broke out between neo-Nazis and protesters at a rally in Sacramento today organized by the Traditionalist Worker Party, a group headed by Matthew Heimbach. Seven people have reportedly been hospitalized with stab wounds.
The details of the incident aren’t clear yet, but the LA Times reports that one member of the group declared on a livestream of the event that “they got one of us but we got six of them.” At least two of the victims “suffered life-threatening stab wounds,” according to NBC affiliate KCRA. [UPDATE: Officials are now telling NBC that 10 people were injured overall, with 5-7 of them suffering stab wounds; all are expected to live. The TWP is boasting that the overwhelming majority of the injured were on the antifa side; see my post here for more details.]
You may remember Heimbach as the long-time white supremacist organizer and Trump fan who was filmed assaulting a young black woman at a Trump rally in March. Before the rally today, Heimbach praised his “brave comrades,” who went to the protest obviously prepared to fight.
EDITED TO ADD: After the clash today, Heimbach told the Los Angeles Times that “this is a victory for us because more of them walked away injured.”
And in an interview with BuzzFeed News he suggested there would be more violent clashes to come:
We knew this was coming. They were threatening to kill us for weeks. This is the beginning of a new dawn for white nationalism in America. We are no longer going to hide in conferences. We are going to take to the streets and take them back.
The Washington Post did a detailed profile of Heimbach earlier this year.
Here’s a CNN report on the violence at the rally from earlier this afternoon; it contains footage of the clashes.
Here are some photos of the aftermath of the violence from Twitter. CAUTION: some of the following images are quite graphic. Note: The information accompanying the images may not be completely accurate or up-to-date.
— Bradley Allen (@BradleySA) June 26, 2016
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) June 26, 2016
— Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami) (@FrancesWangTV) June 26, 2016
Here’s footage of Hembach’s assault of a protester at the Trump rally in March:
— a n n e t t e 🌱 (@maryannemarin) June 26, 2016
I will update this post as new information becomes available.