Two neo-Nazis were beaten and others pelted with eggs, rocks and bottles, as African-American, Latino, Jewish and immigrant-right groups joined in countering a rally by some 40 members of the National Socialist Movement in front of Los Angles City Hall.
The Detroit-based Nazi group had received a permit for the Saturday demonstration and was protected by police, which called a tactical alert as the confrontation heated up.
Wearing swastikas and shouting “Sieg Heil,” the demonstrators aimed their slogans and placards mainly against illegal immigrants, though interspersed with racist and anti-Semitic outbursts.
Even so, their aims weren’t always clear. One of the beaten demonstrators carried a sign reading “Christianity=Paganism=Heathen$” with an arrow pointing to a swastika. He and the other beaten man were treated and released.
An estimated 500 counter-demonstrators arrived from all over the region and pursued the neo-Nazis as they retreated toward the parking lot where they had parked their cars.
Like at their anti-immigration rally in Riverside in October (pictured), the neo-Nazis were grossly outnumbered by counterprotesters—a reminder that free speech works, even when it does afford hatemongers a public platform.