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Neo-Nazi Rally and Counter-Protest End With Arrests, Some Violence

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A rally held on the South Lawn of City Hall yesterday by members of the National Socialist Movement led to small outbursts of violence and drew a large crowd of counter-protesters, of which 5 were arrested.

Even prior to the 12:30 start time of the event held to honor Nazi party founder Adolf Hitler's upcoming birthday, participants from the estimated crowd of 500 counter-protesters attacked a man they believed was a white supremacist because of his tattoos.

A second man, "who carried a confusing sign about religion with a scribbled swastika," was also assaulted by counter-protesters, according to LA Now. Incident Commander David Doan, who spoke to the media after the rally, said he believed neither victims, both of whom were treated and released, were affiliated with the NSM.