Police: 5 Stabbed at Neo-Nazi Protest in Sacramento
The victims were all present while a protest took place for the Traditionalist Workers Party, a group that aims to "indoctrinate students into white nationalism."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Five people have been stabbed outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento.
Officer Matt McPhail with the Sacramento Police Department says none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
The victims were all present while a protest took place, though McPhail said it was still unclear whether and how they were involved.
The Traditionalist Workers Party had scheduled and received a permit to protest at noon Sunday in front of the Capitol. McPhail says a group of counter-protesters showed up to demonstrate against them.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has described TWP as a group formed in 2015 as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which aims to "indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism."
On its official Facebook page, the group describes itself as follows:
"The Traditionalist Worker Party stands for Faith, Family, and Folk. Our party members share a common struggle to transfer power and resources from the corrupt and unaccountable federal government to community and regional leaders who stand for traditional values, strong families, and revived cultures.
Localism and secessionism are central to our mission. The United States is far too large, diverse, and infested with lobbyists and oligarchs for realistic solutions to come from a centralized, top-down approach to solving political problems. Both history and sociological studies confirm that communitarian ideals work, but only in political communities of shared heritage, identity, and faith."
A local ABC 10 reporter, Frances Wang, documented the events. See some of her tweets below.