Violence began almost immediately, authorities and witnesses said, and by the time the clashes ended 20 minutes later, at least seven people had been stabbed, nine were hospitalized and many more suffered bruises, scrapes and cuts.
“They attacked each other without hesitation,” said counter-protester Chandra Zafra, 50, a member of the Mexica Movement nonprofit. “It was a war zone.”
For much of the afternoon, the historic domed Capitol was locked down, with staffers and tourists inside. Police swarmed the park-like grounds, but by Sunday evening there had still been no arrests.
The Traditionalist Worker Party, known as a white nationalist group, said on its website that it had planned the Sunday event in conjunction with the Golden State Skinheads “to make a statement about the precarious situation our race is in” after “brutal assaults” at Donald Trump events in California.
Its vice chairman, Matt Parrott, blamed “leftist radicals” for instigating the violence Sunday. Videos and photos of the rally posted on social media showed the white nationalists vastly outnumbered by protesters from anti-fascist groups.
“We stood our ground. We will be back,” Traditionalist Worker Party Chairman Matthew Heimbach, who was not at the rally, said in a phone interview.
An alledgedly interesting footnote on Matt Parrott is that years ago, some anime fans tried to troll him by sending him pictures of Sailor Moon cosplayers. However, all the cosplay girls were white, so Parrott approved of them heartily and the trolling failed.
I can see how some people would say that the incident was not very interesting. Sometimes Internet drama fails to amuse.