The National Socialist Movement, a white supremacist group protested against illegal immigration outside of Los Angeles’ City Hall while a group of counter-protesters attempted shout them down in a tense standoff that ended with several arrests.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, about 50 members of the National Socialist Movement waved American flags and swastika banners for about an hour. Dressed in black military fatigues and shouting “Sieg Heil” (Hail [the] victory), the group taunted counter-protesters with “racial, anti-Semitic and misogynistic epithets.”
Members of the Detroit-based group said they picked Los Angeles because of its large immigrant population. In line with historical white supremacist rhetoric, they accused immigrants of stealing jobs and committing crimes.
National Socialist Movement regional director Jeffrey Russell Hall announced that the group would begin backing political candidates who agreed with their anti-immigrant message.
The AJC reported,
As the rally ended, counter-protesters hurled rocks, branches and other items over the police line and into a parking lot where the white supremacists’ had left their cars.
Several counter-protesters were arrested for throwing items during the rally.