April 17th, 2010. Los Angles City Hall.
The National Socialist Movement planned to have a rally on April 17th, 2010, in front of LA City Hall. Some far left groups caught wind of it and had a rally of their own
By the time I already arrived at 10:45, ANSWER, which is a heavily anti-racist and anti-war group alreadt set up tables and distributed banners and signs.
A huge wall of police officers were also guarding the area where the white nationalists were planning to demonstrate.
Here are a few pictures of some of the individuals who were marching up and down the street while waiting for thw white nationalists to arrive.
By 11:17, violence erupted when a mentally ill homeless man who had an assortment of neo-nazi tattoos stumbled unto the anti-war side. He was almost immediately attacked and beaten until he made it past the police officers:
Before the white nationalists or NSM members showed up I noticed the numerous assortments of groups that took part in the protest. Some of which have been listed as hate groups themselves by the ADL and SPLC! These include the New Black Panther Party:
And the Black Hebrew Israelites:
There were also Israel Defense Force supporters there also:
By 12:00, the police blocked the road in order to keep the counter protesters from attacking the neo-nazis. By this point violence erupted again after anarchist members mistook Richard Levik, a member of a group called The Levite Line, for one of the NSM members. According to his website: “The Levite Line is an organization dedicated to reestablishing the Levitical/Aaronic priesthood, as originally outlined in the Biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. is dedicated to the reunification of the House of Israel (also known as the House of Joseph) with the House of Judah, as one united people. This reunification centers upon organizing the Levite’s (descendants of Levi) and Aaronites (descendants of Aaron, Moses’ brother), who are willing to participate, from amongst all of the tribes of Israel and Judah.” Richard Levik normally follows and shows up at numerous rallies that have a wide political viewpoint. He normally gets into confrontations with other protesters due to the controversial sign he normally takes to the protests which expresses anti-christian and anti-pagan sentiments. The group he’s a part of contains aspects of Judaism, Christianity, and Mormonism. Also, about Richard he claims he is neutral when it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and he strongly values individualism, and it seems he supports same sex marriage. In the video below his sign is wanked from his hands by a protestor. He is then surrounded as the counter-protesters mob mentality set in and people started to assume he was a Nazi. He’s then punched and knocked to the ground until the police intervene and save him. The conflict starts around the 2:10 mark:
By 12:30, the Nazis finally arrive and a shouting match begins between the two groups. The NSM or Nazis then begin to step on and try to destroy a Mexican and Israeli flag:
When news spread that the NSM members were leaving at 1:45, the counter protesters jetted for the parking area, however they were stopped by another wall of police and prevented from entering the parking area. Many of the protesters, especially the anarchists, began throwing bottles at the police and in the direction of the parking area. After much intimidation police began pushing protesters back. After the confrontation started to die down a bit there was much disagreement with how the protesters were behaving towards the police:
After the demonstration 5 counter protesters were arrested.