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A man was stabbed and several all-out brawls erupted in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon during a protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Around 2 p.m., a group of several hundred people gathered near the south lawn of the City Hall in Los Angeles to voice their concerns about coronavirus vaccine mandates. The protesters against vaccine passports were holding signs calling for "medical freedom" and one that read "vaccine mandates are fascist."
Shortly thereafter, a few dozen counterprotesters showed up, some of which witnesses and police have described as members of "Antifa."
L.A.-based videographer Sean Beckner-Carmitchel was covering the protest and captured video of when several fights broke out while there were chants of "F*** Antifa!" being yelled. He noted that there were weapons and "lots of bear mace" used during the violent confrontation. Beckner-Carmitchel also said that several press members were injured.
The wild brouhaha left one demonstrator bleeding from the head. One man screamed, "Unmask them!"
(Content Warning: Graphic video):
Many, many punches thrown. Several press members injured. Lots of bear mace. Several press members hurt, one attempt at stealing a camera. I\u2019ll break down when off the ground.pic.twitter.com/1YLcOUIkxp— Sean Carmitchel (@Sean Carmitchel) 1628979206
One man was stabbed during the chaos. Police were on the crime scene tending to the man who was stabbed, and paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital for medical treatment.
Capt. Stacy Spell, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, said, "We are on scene to maintain order after a fight broke out between Antifa and people gathered for the permitted event."
The stabbing victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is in serious condition, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.
Man being loaded onto an ambulance. Lots of blood leftover on the sidewalk and some clothing which was probably cut by emergency response for medical care.pic.twitter.com/zr4fYS7PNm— Sean Carmitchel (@Sean Carmitchel) 1628980343
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement on Twitter, which acknowledged a "male that was stabbed" and treated by the Los Angeles Fire Department. LAPD added that no arrests were made, but an "investigation is ongoing."
LAPD is monitoring a protest at the south lawn of the LA City Hall. We are on scene to maintain order after a fight broke out. We are aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated by LAFD. No arrests have been made but investigation is on going.pic.twitter.com/0UwCgN55mJ— LAPD HQ (@LAPD HQ) 1628979305
Earlier in the week, a Twitter account associated with Antifa called on members to counter-protest the rally against vaccine mandates, according to Fox News.
"The same group of anti-vaxxers and fascists have been assaulting people at every location they protest from: Cedar Sinai to Harlowe to The Abbey," the flyer from the SoCal Antifa Twitter account read. "As a community we say NO MORE! No safe space for fascists!"
Flyer text:\n\nThe same group of anti-vaxxers and fascists have been assaulting people at every location they protest from: Cedar Sinai to Harlowe to The Abbey. As a community we say NO MORE!\n\nNo safe space for fascists!\n\nLos Angeles City Hall, 1pm, August 14th— SoCal Antifa (@SoCal Antifa) 1628559929
Last weekend, Antifa militants attacked a group of Christians who were participating in a prayer event at a park in Portland, Oregon.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.