Counterprotesters’ numbers overwhelm those with ‘America First!’ group in Laguna Beach

  • Protesters on both sides argue during an illegal immigration demonstration at Pacific Coast Highway near Broadway in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Militants on both sides argue throughout an illegal immigration presentation at Pacific Coastline Highway near Broadway in Laguna Beach. (Image by Mindy Schauer, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • John Motter, 29, of Los Angeles, walks with anti-KKK protesters as they march down the boardwalk during an illegal immigration rally at Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    John Motter, 29, of L.a, walks with anti-KKK protesters as they march down the boardwalk throughout an illegal migration rally at Laguna Beach. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Orange County Sheriff Deputies keep demonstrators from opposing sides separated from each other. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Orange Area Constable Deputies maintain demonstrators from opposing sides separated from each various other. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mounted units from Orange County Sheriff Department and Santa Ana Police join other law enforcement agencies trying to keep order during the rally in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Placed devices from Orange Region Constable Department as well as Santa Ana Authorities join various other regulation enforcement firms attempting to maintain order throughout the rally in Laguna Coastline. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Protesters clash during the illegal immigration rally in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Protesters clash throughout the unlawful immigration rally in Laguna Coastline. (Picture by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Deputy Sgt. Frazee with the Orange County Sheriff Mounted Unit works to keep protesters from opposing sides from clashing during the protest in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Deputy Sgt. Frazee with the Orange Region Sheriff Installed System jobs to keep militants from opposing sides from clashing throughout the demonstration in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Tommy Valentine, right, despite displaying a swastika on his neck, says he is not a Nazi. “I’m just me,” he said. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tommy Valentine, right, despite presenting a swastika on his neck, states he is not a Nazi. “I’m just me,” he claimed. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A counterprotester makes his feelings known in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A counterprotester makes his sensations recognized in Laguna Beach. (Image by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Anti-KKK protesters demonstrate during an illegal immigration rally at Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Anti-KKK protesters demonstrate during an unlawful migration rally at Laguna Coastline. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Protesters clash during an illegal immigration rally in Laguna Beach Sunday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Protesters clash during a prohibited migration rally in Laguna Beach Sunday. (Image by Mindy Schauer, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Police officers from various departments, including Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach, create a line separating the protesters in an attempt to prevent clashes during a demonstration in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Law enforcement officer from various divisions, including Laguna Coastline and Huntington Beach, develop a line separating the protesters in an effort to stop clashes throughout a presentation in Laguna Beach. (Image by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Demonstrators gather on the beach in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Demonstrators gather on the coastline in Laguna Coastline. (Picture by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Protesters clash during an illegal immigration rally in Laguna Beach Sunday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Militants clash during a prohibited migration rally in Laguna Beach Sunday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Protesters clash during an illegal immigration rally in Laguna Beach Sunday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Militants clash throughout an unlawful immigration rally in Laguna Beach Sunday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Police officers from various departments, including Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Irvine, arrive on scene in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Policeman from numerous divisions, consisting of Laguna Coastline as well as Huntington Beach, Newport Beach as well as Irvine, arrive on scene in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Pro Trump demonstrations gather at Pacific Coast Highway near Broadway in Laguna Beach for an illegal immigration protest. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Pro Trump demonstrations collect at Pacific Shore Highway near Broadway in Laguna Coastline for an unlawful migration objection. (Image by Mindy Schauer, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Counterprotesters walk by beachgoers during an illegal immigration rally at Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Counterprotesters stroll by beachgoers throughout an unlawful migration rally at Laguna Coastline. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • A Laguna Beach police officer patrols the Laguna Beach protest on Sunday. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A Laguna Coastline policeman patrols the Laguna Coastline protest on Sunday. (Image by Mindy Schauer, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Anti-Trump demonstrators protest in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Anti-Trump demonstrators demonstration in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • A protest organizer, left, complains to Tommy Valentina, right, for showing up with a swastika on his neck. Valentina agreed to put his shirt on saying that he was not a Nazi. “I’m just me,” he said. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A protest organizer, left, whines to Tommy Valentina, right, for showing up with a swastika on his neck. Valentina consented to place his t-shirt on saying that he was not a Nazi. “I’m just me,” he stated. (Picture by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pro Trump demonstrations gather at Pacific Coast Highway near Broadway in Laguna Beach for an illegal immigration protest. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Pro Trump demos gather at Pacific Coast Freeway near Broadway in Laguna Coastline for a prohibited immigration objection. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Protesters gather on the beach at Pacific Coast Highway near Broadway in Laguna Beach for a protest on illegal immigration. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Militants gather on the beach at Pacific Coastline Freeway near Broadway in Laguna Coastline for an objection on unlawful migration. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Police and Sheriff Mounted units stand by during a Laguna Beach protest. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Police as well as Constable Placed units wait during a Laguna Beach demonstration. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Protesters gather on the beach at Pacific Coast Highway near Broadway in Laguna Beach for a protest on illegal immigration. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Militants gather on the beach at Pacific Coastline Freeway near Broadway in Laguna Beach for a demonstration on illegal immigration. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Zoe Tepper, 5, demonstrates with Anna Viele, of South Pasadena during the demonstration in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Zoe Tepper, 5, shows with Anna Viele, of South Pasadena throughout the presentation in Laguna Beach. (Picture by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People gather in on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for a protest. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    People gather in on Pacific Coast Freeway in Laguna Beach for an objection. (Image by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tyler Dezin, 22, of Los Angeles holds up an American flag during during a protest in Laguna Beach. Devin said he wasn’t there representing anyone. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tyler Dezin, 22, of Los Angeles holds up an American flag throughout during a demonstration in Laguna Beach. Devin stated he had not been there standing for anybody. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Sign greets anti-protesters as they arrive in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Indication greets anti-protesters as they arrive in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

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LAGUNA BEACH The rallies were divided by numerous lawns of beach front and a broad margin on the political spectrum.

Battles got underway with back-and-forth shouting. Cops on horseback wedged between people shouting at each other. Yet night came shoving matches. Some individuals were pepper sprayed.

The initial rally, prepared for Sunday evening by individuals who oppose prohibited immigration, was entitled “America First! Electric Vigil for the Targets of Illegals and also Refugees.” It’s been a routine occasion for several months.

Yet being afraid that white nationalists, neo-Nazis and participants of the Ku Klux Klan would certainly join this moment, left-leaning counterprotesters reached Key Coastline first.

Social network: See how the rally in Laguna Coastline has actually been toning up By evening loss, an approximated 2,500 individuals turned out. The counterprotesters surpassed those on the”America First!”side by 40 to one.” No extra victims. Protect our borders now, “checked out one” America First!”indication.”Our state is trying to put the rights as well as feelings of illegals prior to residents,” Nikki Ciantra of Anaheim stated.

At first, the Laguna Beach Authorities Division’s Twitter feed reported, “A peaceful event has started at Main Coastline. Laguna Beach PD is checking and also no occurrences to report.”

But about 2 dozen law enforcement agents, some in trouble gear or horseback, soon got on scene.

Rick Macias rested on the lawn Sunday afternoon and also, pen in hand, composed, “One planet, one race” on a green poster.

He drove from Corona to protest white nationalism.

“We could not be silent,” Macias, 52, claimed. “That’s how wicked wins.”

Macias claimed he draws no difference in between the America First! group, which arranged the anti-immigration rally at the other end of the coastline, and also the white nationalists and supremacists that marched in Charlottesville, Va. recently.

“At the end of the day, they are both discussing wanting a white America,” he claimed. “That means we need to stay in the darkness.”

The violent conflicts in Charlottesville turned dangerous when a car plowed into the crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

In Laguna, some 30 counterprotesters marched around on their side of the beach. Their signs, published by the Autonomous Socialists of America, deplored Nazis. They shouted versus President Donald Trump’s proposed Mexico boundary wall surface.

The counterprotesters screamed, “No Nazis. No KKK. No fascist USA.” Several passing cars and truck horns included to the noise.

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