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Violence Erupts When KKK Rally Is Met by Counter-Protestors in Anaheim, CA

Today's violence resurfaces Anaheim's roots as a hotbed of Klan activity.

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Violence erupted at a KKK rally today at Pearson Park in Anaheim, California. Three were stabbed and 13 were arrested, according to the LA Times. The Klan members wore Confederate flag and grand dragon emblems.

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While Anaheim may be the home of Disneyland, the "happiest place on earth," it was also once a breeding ground for America’s most notorious terrorist organization. The Ku Klux Klan has a long history in Anaheim and is still actively recruiting in nearby neighborhoods. In January, a number of Whittier residents reported receiving packets containing candy, a business card and a picture of the former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Watch: Racist propaganda found on lawns of homes in Los Angeles suburbs:

In Anaheim, an eyewitness was interviewed by Igmar Rodas regarding the multiple stabbings by KKK members at the rally:

"We just got word that there was going to be a KKK rally here and they tried doing this a couple of months ago at the same spot and some counter potestors [like myself] were not about that and we got them to go away and here they are three months later thinking they can do the same thing and so we gathered here very early in the morning to make sure it wasn't even going to happen and we were here for a good three hours before they actually showed up. About six of them showed up and we startd exchanging words and they started  pulling out weapons and one of my friends was severely stabbed and he's in the hospital right now. They all fled inside their car and they tried escaping, but one of the protestors managed to slash their car and the car is actually being detained on the other side of the park right now."
When asked about his motives, a KKK member responded, "This is a white Christian nation, and we have all these illegal aliens coming here, selling drugs." 

On Wednesday, white nationalist and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke endorsed Trump by telling his radio audience that voting for anyone besides Trump would be treason.

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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