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National Socialist Rally Draws Crowds, Reports of Violence

Early images from within the rally show crowds, heavy police presence (Left: zarahrivera/Twitpic; Right: frijolefil/yfrog)
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A planned march, rally, and press conference organized by the National Socialist Movement may find itself over before it's due to start at 12:30 this afternoon thanks to the thousands of counter protesters and early reports of violence from among the crowd assembled on the South Lawn of LA's City Hall.

A strong LAPD presence is reportedly evident as the event is due to get underway, as many on scene have remarked via Twitter and other social media networks. The rally may have already triggered violence, as an LA-based photojournalist remarked via Twitter:
"Just saw a guy w swastika and lightning bolts get pummeled at neo nazi demo in LA."

The counter-protesters have much strength in numbers, as well. "Sounds like there are more counter-protesters than protest[e]rs at the Neo-Nazi/white supremacist rally in L.A. Good!" remarked tinyrooster, although crowd estimates have not yet been made public by the LAPD or city officials.

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