A violent confrontation between Ku Klux Klan members and counter-protesters last weekend led to 3 stabbings and several arrests in Anaheim.
The violence began when 6 members arrived at Pearson Park on Saturday for what they called a “walking protest” for “White Lives Matter.” About 30 counter protesters confronted them, according to KTLA.
It is not clear who started the fight, but police say only the counter-protestors were stabbed. Initially, KKK members were arrested, but they were let go because they acted in self-defense. One member who was carrying a confederate flag stabbed counter-protestors with a metal eagle on the tip of his pole. The mob stomped two KKK men to the ground. . Seven counter-protesters remained in custody Monday for allegedly attacking the Klansmen with wooden posts.
Anaheim, which is home to Disneyland—and dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth”—has a history of white supremacists groups. In 1924, 4 out of 5 Anaheim City Council members were Klansmen. Today, the city has a large Hispanic population.
According to police, the violence began almost immediately when KKK members got out of a black SUV. Clearly outnumbered by counter-protestors, they tried to defend
“We came here for a peaceful protest — white lives matter — and we get jumped,” one member told KTLA.
The group had planned a peaceful demonstration denouncing “illegal immigration and Muslims”—ideology that is shared by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Last week David Duke, the former “Grand Wizard” of the KKK, told his followers that voting for anyone other than Trump “is really treason to your heritage.”
When questioned about endorsements by the KKK, Trump said he knew nothing about David Duke or the Klan. However, in a 2000 interview, Trump called Duke “a Klansman” and said: “This is not company I wish to keep.”