California: Neo-Nazi rally turns confrontational

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A neo-Nazi demonstration in Riverside, Calif., turned violent after counter-protesters overturned a police barricade, authorities said.

A group of about 20 neo-Nazis marched to a day laborer gathering site Saturday in an effort to shut it down, assembling behind barricades erected by the Riverside Police Department. About 600 counter-protesters gathered about 150 feet away, the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise reported.

Two dozen supporters of the day laborers, including some members of the Brown Berets, a Chicano activist organization, rushed the neo-Nazis, the report said. After a short verbal confrontation, a barricade was overturned, a brief fistfight broke out and police in riot gear used batons to stop the brawl, the newspaper said.

An unidentified Brown Beret member who allegedly pushed over the barricade was arrested. Another counter-protester was arrested and charged with assault after limes were thrown at the neo-Nazi group.

Police had established a command center close to the rally site, and about 75 officers were on hand.

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