The problem when you let politicians ignite a race war…
Four people were stabbed on Saturday, one of whom was critically wounded, in a scuffle between members of the Ku Klux Klan and counter-protesters near a planned KKK rally at a park in Anaheim, California, police said.
Thirteen people were arrested following the melee, including one Klan member who is accused of stabbing a counter-protester with a flagpole, said Anaheim Police Sergeant Daron Wyatt.
Six Klan members are in custody in connection with the stabbings along with seven counter-protesters who have also been detained as authorities said they stomped on two Klan members.
Chris Barker, who identified himself as the ‘imperial wizard’ of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, said his members were defending themselves during a peaceful anti-immigration demonstration when violence broke out.
He added: ‘If we’re attacked we will attack back.’
Wyatt said the altercation took place as soon as several Klan members arrived at Pearson Park in Anaheim, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, for a planned rally there.
He said four people were wounded in the ensuing confrontation, noting the most seriously wounded of the victims was stabbed with a flag pole that had an American eagle finial on at the top.
That person was taken to a local hospital’s trauma center, where he was listed in critical condition.
Other victims were stabbed or cut with a knife, Wyatt said.
All three people who were stabbed are believed to be counter-protesters.
Several witnesses said that a peaceful counter-protest had been under way for about three hours in the park a mile north of Disneyland when the Klansmen arrived in a black sport utility vehicle.
The SUV pulled up and three men got out and began to unload signs when the group of about 50 counter-protesters ran over, yelling and throwing sticks, witnesses said.
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