Capping a week of tensions across the nation following the deadly clash between far-right protesters and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., an anti-illegal immigration rally in Laguna Beach on Sunday was swarmed by large numbers of counter-demonstrators in a tense but largely peaceful gathering.
The rally on Main Beach was billed as a vigil for victims of crimes committed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally and refugees.
Crowds started gathering hours before the planned protest. A few dozen anti-immigration demonstrators were gathered in a circle on the beach, separated by the boardwalk and a phalanx of police officers in riot gear and on horseback from several hundred counter-protesters chanting and drumming from the other side. Some yelled insults between the officers’ legs.
“I’m anti-illegal immigration,” one yelled.
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