WATCH: 10 stabbed at neo-Nazi rally
27 June 2016, 13:58
San Francisco - Ten people were stabbed with at least two in critical condition after a stabbing spree broke out during a neo-Nazi rally on Sunday at California's state capitol building, officials said.
The fight broke out when about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party gathering to rally around noon on Sunday were met by about 400 counter-protesters, California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada said.
The fire department posted on Twitter that some of the patients had "critical trauma stab wounds."
It was unclear to which group the wounded belonged.
The Capitol was on lockdown until protesters cleared the area.
Videos and photos posted online showed the crowd grow violent, with some members clubbing others with what appeared to be bats or lumber, while still others threw rocks.
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An injured and bloody black man lying on the sidewalk was attended to by members of the crowd in a video posted online by the Bee.
Two white men with blood dripping down their shaved heads were escorted by police in another clip on CNN.
Emergency responders received a call to the scene just before noon.
The event was staged by a white-supremacist, anti-immigration group called the Traditionalist Worker Party.
A sister organisation, the Golden State Skinheads, said online ahead of the rally that members would "stand our ground if forced to that point."
After the protest Traditionalist Worker Party leader Matthew Heimbach said in a statement broadcast by CNN that "the anti-fascists used knives, bottles, bricks and chunks of concrete they broke off a construction site."
"When they attacked, our men defended themselves to be able to drive the attackers off," he said.
Protesters had cleared the capitol lawn by mid-afternoon, the Sacramento Fire Department reported.
A post recently uploaded to site of the Traditionalist Youth Network said TWP members planned to march in Sacramento to protest against globalisation and in defence of their right to free expression. They said they expected to be outnumbered 10-to-1 by counter-protesters.
"We concluded that it was time to use this rally to make a statement about the precarious situation our race is in," the Traditionalist Youth Network statement said. "With our folk on the brink of becoming a disarmed, disengaged, and disenfranchised minority, the time to do something was yesterday!"