On Saturday four people were stabbed and one person left in critical condition. Thirteen people were arrested following the melee, including one Klan member who is accused of stabbing a counter-protester with a flagpole, Anaheim Police Sergeant Daron Wyatt said.
Chris Barker, who identified himself as the ‘imperial wizard’ of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, said his members were defending themselves during a peaceful anti-immigration demonstration when violence broke out. He added: ‘If we’re attacked we will attack back.’
‘Three people were stabbed by the fire hydrant,’ said Darren Simpson, 49. ‘These Klan guys were fighting for their lives.’
As violence erupted, some of the protesters were seen kicking a man wearing a shirt that read ‘Grand Dragon’, before one of the counter-protesters was seen collapsing on the ground bleeding.
He was crying that he had been stabbed.
A Klansman who was handcuffed told a police officer that he ‘stabbed him in self defense,’ according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Klan was founded after the abolition of slavery in the U.S. South in the mid-19th century and has evolved in recent years into a collection of loosely affiliated or independent groups that share a political philosophy based on racial separation.
The Southern Poverty Law Center estimated the group has between 5,000 and 8,000 members across the country, according to the Times.
The KKK has a long history in Southern California, with Klansmen holding elected office in Anaheim in the 1920s.
Culled : DailyMail