By Jerika L.H.
An anti-fascist activist (pictured above) still remains unidentified after a violent altercation with white supremacists at Sunday’s neo-Nazi rally at the State Capitol. The 19-year-old known only as Vincent is currently hospitalized and receiving treatment for six stab wounds; it remains unknown if he is in intensive care or the severity of his condition. Six activists in total still remain in the hospital. The young man carried no form of identification and his last name remains a mystery to those who only met him briefly before he was rushed off to receive medical care. His lack of identifying documents are making it impossible for hospital staff and fellow activists to contact his family to notify them of his condition. Witnesses who had spoken to Vincent prior to the stabbing divulged that he is originally from Chicago and had only lived in Sacramento for six days. Concerned parties have taken to social media to spread his photo, in hopes that someone can identify him and notify his family and friends.
The altercation that led to his injury stemmed from the permitted white supremacy rally on the Capitol grounds last Sunday. Anti-fascist activists took up violent methods to express their vehement disapproval of the Traditionalist Worker Party’s presence. Seven people ended up stabbed and nine were hospitalized after a series of violent outbreaks that some in the Antifa Sacramento group call “a warning to racists that white supremacy will be met with dedicated anti-fascist militancy.”
A masked Antifa (anti-fascist) member named “Mo” echoed the sentiment. “We are here to ricochet the violence of oppression and racism back onto the bodies of those that inflict it on us, both historically and at present. We are standing up as a call to arms that we won’t let white supremacy parade in our street and continue to terrorize people. The racism that is embedded into our social structure does physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional harm to people of color and we are putting our foot down today with this event, which has been sponsored and harbored by the state and sanctioned by the police. This is a domestic terrorist group that has been responsible for countless deaths and violence.”
While many have questioned the state’s approval of the rally, permit given the violent clashes between protestors and white supremacists that took place in Anaheim earlier this year, others have come forward to voice their support for public manifestations of white supremacy. Mainstream media has also been met with accusations that portrayals have sympathized with the neo-Nazi group, or “racist apologism.”
Online polls have shown mixed acceptance of the violence, while others have regarded it as “a breach on freedom of assembly.” Many activists admitted to arriving with the intention of violence, but others say they have been misrepresented as the aggressor. In addition to wooden poles, the police recovered a loaded gun but have been unable to identify its owner or affiliation.
Witness Byron Allan recounts his take on what unfolded Sunday. “I was there from the start. From the beginning the organizers stated that our mission was to keep them off of the Capitol steps. Only to obstruct and if you had to, defend yourself. We waited in the baking hot sun for 3 1/2 hours chanting ‘Nazi scum, get off our streets’ and other various derogatory epithets. Around 12:30 we received intel that they were being held back by the police on the south side. We rushed over there ready to shout them down. There was a brief faceoff before the group of Nazis rushed the police line. The protesters that were willing to fight did and a few paid the cost. The peaceful protesters stayed back. Somebody maced the crowd forcing us back to the west side. I remind you that there were people in their 60’s on our side. I personally saw two black guys that had been stabbed. Then through pretty much mass consensus we decided to take their venue as recourse. We sat there in heat drinking water and chanting. When a couple of them snuck around to the south side and started zieg heiling, in recourse to the stabbings, they got beat with sticks and an ashtray rained on them. The damage to the window was a result of the cops bringing the Nazis inside the Capitol. We weren’t there to destroy our own city, but when tensions are high s*** happens. After that the rally was canceled. We then decided to stay until the time their permit was set to expire. Job done. What we did was not unconstitutional. The constitution is to protect us from the government becoming tyrannous.” He continues, “Our intent was obstruction not destruction. We knew that violence was possible, but that wasn’t our goal. There were people in their 60s on our side. We weren’t trying to put [other activists] in harm’s way. But, in my opinion, if the people wielding sticks didn’t square off with the Nazis, more people would have been stabbed.”
Demonstrator Mario Chavez admits he can understand the anger but says it wasn’t worth it. “I don’t think any one of us is worth getting hurt over their white supremacy- we are harmed enough by it. They [TWP] are making fools of themselves to hold this rally. They are 20 crazy people. I’m saddened we weren’t able to just come here and laugh at them. It hurts my heart that people on our side were injured. Especially since the white supremacists are just going to say “self-defense” and the structurally racist court system will bow to them – they will get away scot-free.”
Antifa Sacramento released the following statement on Sunday: “Today in Sacramento, Anti-Fascist Action in conjunction with hundreds of fellow Anti-Fascists from near and far successfully shut down the Traditionalist Worker’s Party (TWP) attempt to hold a white supremacist rally on the capitol. Protestors took and held the west steps, preventing the fascists from being able to reach their rally destination. TWP chairman Matthew Heimbach skipped out on the rally despite making previous plans to attend, opting instead to send his footmen out to do his dirty-work. Two lone bigots briefly made their way to an adjacent side, where one of them sieg heiled on the Capitol steps. Despite the circumstances, the fascist thugs celebrate their poorly coordinated and executed ‘mobilization’ of around 20 people as a victory, solely on the grounds that they injured more people than their opposition did. Our victory did not come without consequence, and several have been hurt.” Among those injured is Vincent, the unidentified teen in question. As for the others who received medical treatment, CHP Officer George Granada commented, “Luckily there were no injuries to officers, tourists or people of the general public.”
Anti-repression organizer K. Karlson has been among those desperately seeking answers on Vincent’s identity. “He came to the Capitol Sunday to oppose the violence of neo-Nazis and the klu klux klan. He was on the south side of the Capitol when the Nazis rolled through with bayonets and wielding knives and was stabbed multiple times in the chest. He went into hospital without having told his friends his last name and he’s very likely one of two in critical condition. Supporters are unsure if his family has been notified of his condition at present. The fund that was originally set up for jail support has been converted to a fund for medical assistance.” Currently, $12,466 has already been raised by 216 people through the following online platform: https://rally.org/June26th?utm_source=share.
Anyone who recognizes Vincent from the sole masked photo is asked to contact the funding website, or reach out to the local Antifa Sacramento group with any information that may lead to his identification.