Multiple people stabbed at white nationalist rally in CA

Multiple people stabbed at white nationalist rally in CA
People tend to a victim as police set up a perimeter around where the stabbings occurred. (Source: KTXL via CNN)
People tend to a victim as police set up a perimeter around where the stabbings occurred. (Source: KTXL via CNN)
A man who was bloodied in the fight. (Source: KTXL via CNN)
A man who was bloodied in the fight. (Source: KTXL via CNN)
A protester holds a sign at a white nationalist rally in California. (Source: KOVR via CNN)
A protester holds a sign at a white nationalist rally in California. (Source: KOVR via CNN)
Protesters gather at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. (Source: KOVR via CNN)
Protesters gather at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. (Source: KOVR via CNN)

SACRAMENTO, CA (RNN) - Multiple people were stabbed at a rally at the California State Capitol on Sunday.

The Traditionalist Workers Party, a white nationalist group labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, held a rally at the capitol and counter-protesters picketed the event.

Fights broke out during the rally and seven people were taken the hospital with stab wounds, some of whom are critical, according to tweets from the Sacramento Fire Department.

"My understanding there was a rally planned at California State Capitol - a KKK rally and other right wing extremists had planned to hold a rally there," Chris Harvey, a Sacramento Fire Department spokesperson, said. "They were met by a large number of the counter-protesters. We had quite a large fight and a number of smaller fights that broke out from that."

Yvette Felarca, a member of the counter-protest group By Any Means Necessary, told CNN she came to prevent the spread of hate. She had a bandage on her head following the confrontation.

Videos of the fight posted on Twitter show people being beaten with sticks. Some people may find them graphic.

It is not known which group initiated the confrontation, and it is not clear from the videos which group is being attacked.

George Granada, of the Capitol Protection Service division of the California Highway Patrol, told CNN the Traditionalist Workers Party had a permit to hold the rally.

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