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Anti-vax protest results in one person stabbed, left on LA City Hall steps

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Brandon Sapienza

New York Daily News

A man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked after a fight broke out during a protest against vaccine mandates at Los Angeles City Hall, police said.

A small group of counterprotesters gathered near another group of several hundred people flying American flags and carrying Trump campaign material with signs that demanded “medical freedom” at around 2 p.m.

A half-hour into the assembly, a fight broke out between the two groups.

Shortly after the fight, the LAPD tweeted that they were “aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated by LAFD,”

The victim was taken to a hospital where he remains in serious condition, a police officer said.

“No arrests have been made but investigation is on going,” the LAPD tweeted in a follow-up.

According to the Los Angeles Times, counterprotesters sprayed the anti-vaccine mandate crowd with mace, while the protesters screamed death threats.

Meanwhile KPCC radio reporter Frank Stolze was attacked while walking out of the park near City Hall. He was screamed at by the protesters, and one man reportedly kicked him.

“Something happened to me today that’s never happened in 30 yrs of reporting,” Stolze tweeted. “In LA. ⁦@LAist. I was shoved, kicked and my eyeglasses were ripped off of my face by a group of guys at a protest – outside City Hall during an anti-vax Recall ⁦@GavinNewsom Pro Trump rally.”

He added that he was feeling good and wasn’t seriously injured.

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