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Three People Stabbed in California After KKK Rally Erupts into Violence

kkkA confrontation in Anaheim, California resulted in numerous injuries today when a Ku Klux Klan rally devolved into a brawl with counter-protestors.

The demonstrations started at 11 A.M. Saturday, when the LA Times reported that peaceful protesters appeared in Pearson Park to counteract an anti-immigration event later in the day. When Klansmen bearing the Confederate Flag arrived hours later, things turned nasty as they were heckled while getting out of their cars.

Despite police efforts to preserve order at the scene, a fight broke out across the block when a Klansman stabbed a counter-protester with his flag pole. Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said that one of his officers saw another Klan member holding a knife near another bleeding protestor, and a third person was stabbed later in the fray.

The protestors fought back at the Klansmen, with USA Today reporting of accounts that they were stomping on one man, while the Times described how a man wearing a “grand dragon” shirt was kicked around. ABC reported that one of the stabbed victims is still in critical condition, but the conditions of the other two are currently unknown.

Thirteen people were arrested in the fight, the detainees being a combination of protesters and Klansmen.

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