A man was stabbed and a radio reporter was attacked on Saturday when a massive brawl erupted outside Los Angeles City Hall between suspected Antifa activists and protesters decrying vaccine mandates.  

At about 2pm, a group of people holding American flags and signs calling for 'medical freedom' arrived at City Hall for the rally, the Los Angeles Police Department and local media said. Counterprotesters quickly gathered nearby.

About half an hour later, a fight broke out between the groups of protesters and counterprotesters.

Counterprotesters were seen dressed in all black while anti-vaccine demonstrators were seen draped in American flag clothing and various Trump memorabilia. 

The opposing groups soon came to blows with punches and objects flying in every direction.  

Los Angeles Police officer Gutierrez, left, puts pressure on the open wound of a demonstrator, who was stabbed during clashes between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter-protesters during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Police officer Gutierrez, left, puts pressure on the open wound of a demonstrator, who was stabbed during clashes between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter-protesters during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles 

Los Angeles Fire department paramedics care for an injured demonstrator, who was stabbed in the chest during clashes between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter-protesters

Los Angeles Fire department paramedics care for an injured demonstrator, who was stabbed in the chest during clashes between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter-protesters

Los Angeles Fire department paramedics removed an injured demonstrator, who was stabbed in the chest

Los Angeles Fire department paramedics removed an injured demonstrator, who was stabbed in the chest

An anti-vaccination demonstrator lays on the ground and is taken care of by police officers and fire department first responders following clashes between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter protesters

An anti-vaccination demonstrator lays on the ground and is taken care of by police officers and fire department first responders following clashes between anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter protesters

An anti-vaccination demonstrator lays on the ground and is taken care be fire department first responders

An anti-vaccination demonstrator lays on the ground and is taken care be fire department first responders 

An anti-vaccination demonstrator lays on the ground and is taken care of by a police officer

An anti-vaccination demonstrator lays on the ground and is taken care of by a police officer

Los Angeles police officers intervene as anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter protesters clash during an anti-vaccination protest organized in front of the City Hall

Los Angeles police officers intervene as anti-vaccination demonstrators and counter protesters clash during an anti-vaccination protest organized in front of the City Hall

A demonstrator looks at a banner reading 'Trump 2024 F*** your feelings' during an anti vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California on Saturday

A demonstrator looks at a banner reading 'Trump 2024 F*** your feelings' during an anti vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California on Saturday

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'F*** You in the Vax OMDB (Over My Dead Body)' during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'F*** You in the Vax OMDB (Over My Dead Body)' during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California

Anti-vaccination protesters hold signs as they pray and rally near City Hall

Anti-vaccination protesters hold signs as they pray and rally near City Hall

Anti-vaccination protesters pray and rally near City Hall following the Los Angeles City Council vote earlier this week to draw up an ordinance to require proof of vaccination to enter many public indoor spaces in the city

Anti-vaccination protesters pray and rally near City Hall following the Los Angeles City Council vote earlier this week to draw up an ordinance to require proof of vaccination to enter many public indoor spaces in the city

A woman holds a sign associating mandatory vaccinations with Nazism

A woman holds a sign associating mandatory vaccinations with Nazism

The LAPD said on its Twitter account that it is 'aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated by LAFD,' referring to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is in serious condition, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.

Police on the scene said the person had been stabbed, and paramedics took him to hospital. 

'No arrests have been made but investigation is on going,' the department tweeted.

Demonstrators billed the rally as taking a stand against rules requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and so-called vaccine passports. The demonstrators also said they also opposed wearing masks.   


Anti-vaccination protesters pray and rallied near City Hall together with various signs

Anti-vaccination protesters pray and rallied near City Hall together with various signs

A crowd of several hundred people, many holding American flags and signs calling for “medical freedom,” descended on City Hall

A crowd of several hundred people, many holding American flags and signs calling for 'medical freedom,' descended on City Hall

A woman holds an American flag and prays "in tongues," or in an unknown language, according to the Pentecostal Christian belief, as anti-vaccination protesters gathered

A woman holds an American flag and prays 'in tongues,' or in an unknown language, according to the Pentecostal Christian belief, as anti-vaccination protesters gathered

A woman holds a sign quoting the Bible as anti-vaccination protesters prayed

A woman holds a sign quoting the Bible as anti-vaccination protesters prayed

An anti-vaccination protester holds a sign reading "Stop the Needle Rape" during a rally near City Hall

An anti-vaccination protester holds a sign reading 'Stop the Needle Rape' during a rally near City Hall 

A protester dressed as a scary nurse holds a misspelled sign that reads "Submitt" at an anti-vaccination protest

A protester dressed as a scary nurse holds a misspelled sign that reads 'Submitt' at an anti-vaccination protest

A woman looks to the sky as she recites the Pledge of Allegiance

A woman looks to the sky as she recites the Pledge of Allegiance

An anti-vaccination protester, right, clashes with a counter protester during an anti-vaccination rally near City Hall

An anti-vaccination protester, right, clashes with a counter protester during an anti-vaccination rally near City Hall

Anti-vaccination demonstrators and a counter protester (on the ground) clash

Anti-vaccination demonstrators and a counter protester (on the ground) clash

Anti-vaccination demonstrators and a counter protester (C) clash during an anti vaccination protest organized in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles

Anti-vaccination demonstrators and a counter protester (C) clash during an anti vaccination protest organized in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles

The demonstrators had billed the rally as a stand against rules requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and so-called vaccine passports and said they also opposed wearing masks

The demonstrators had billed the rally as a stand against rules requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and so-called vaccine passports and said they also opposed wearing masks

Anti-vaccination demonstrators (L) and counter protesters (on the ground) clash during an anti vaccination protest organized in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California

Anti-vaccination demonstrators (L) and counter protesters (on the ground) clash during an anti vaccination protest organized in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California

Counterprotesters, mostly dressed in all black, remained near LAPD headquarters

Counterprotesters, mostly dressed in all black, remained near LAPD headquarters

A demonstrator holds a Donald Trump MAGA Lion Flag during an anti-vaccination protest

A demonstrator holds a Donald Trump MAGA Lion Flag during an anti-vaccination protest

The counterprotesters appeared to be a mixture of people who have shown up to oppose anti-vaccine and anti-mask rallies in recent months

The counterprotesters appeared to be a mixture of people who have shown up to oppose anti-vaccine and anti-mask rallies in recent months

Police officers assist a man who was injured during fights between anti-vaccination protesters and counter protesters

Police officers assist a man who was injured during fights between anti-vaccination protesters and counter protesters

Demonstrators gather holding posters during an anti-vaccination protest in Los Angeles

Demonstrators gather holding posters during an anti-vaccination protest in Los Angeles

Demonstrators hold posters reading 'No to Vax Pass' and 'Medical Freedom for All'

Demonstrators hold posters reading 'No to Vax Pass' and 'Medical Freedom for All'

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Freedom not Force' during an anti vaccination protest

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Freedom not Force' during an anti vaccination protest 

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'No Vax Passport' during an anti vaccination protest

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'No Vax Passport' during an anti vaccination protest

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Jesus is my vaccine' during an anti vaccination protest

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Jesus is my vaccine' during an anti vaccination protest

Demonstrators gather during an anti vaccination protest in front of City Hall in Los Angeles

Demonstrators gather during an anti vaccination protest in front of City Hall in Los Angeles

Anti-vaccination demonstrators left, clash with counter-protesters during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday

Anti-vaccination demonstrators left, clash with counter-protesters during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday

A man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked Saturday at a protest against vaccine mandates on the south lawn of Los Angeles' City Hall

A man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked Saturday at a protest against vaccine mandates on the south lawn of Los Angeles' City Hall

A fight broke out between the protesters and counter-protesters, the Los Angeles Police Department and local media said

A fight broke out between the protesters and counter-protesters, the Los Angeles Police Department and local media said

Anti-vaccination protesters and counter protesters fight during an anti-vaccination rally near City Hall

Anti-vaccination protesters and counter protesters fight during an anti-vaccination rally near City Hall

Counterprotesters could be seen spraying mace while members of the anti-vaccine rally screamed death threats

Counterprotesters could be seen spraying mace while members of the anti-vaccine rally screamed death threats

Counterprotesters could be seen spraying mace while members of the anti-vaccine rally screamed death threats, the Times reported.

One man could be heard screaming 'unmask them all' while others lunged at the cameras of journalist. 

Although there is no blanket rule mandating people get vaccinated in California, some cities are now requiring proof of vaccination to enter certain businesses, including New York City. 

KPCC radio reporter Frank Stolze was seen walking out of the park near City Hall being screamed at by anti-mask protesters, the Los Angeles Times reported. One man was seen kicking him.

Stolze told a police officer he had been assaulted while trying to conduct an interview. 

Stolze later tweeted: 'Something happened to me today that´s never happened in 30 yrs of reporting. 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.'

Stolze added that he is in good condition.


Young demonstrators hold a US flag and a poster reading 'No more Masks' during an anti vaccination protest

Young demonstrators hold a US flag and a poster reading 'No more Masks' during an anti vaccination protest

A man bleeds from the head as anti-vaccination protesters and counter protesters fight during an anti-vaccination rally

A man bleeds from the head as anti-vaccination protesters and counter protesters fight during an anti-vaccination rally

A fight erupted on the corner of 1st and Spring streets shortly after 2:30pm

A fight erupted on the corner of 1st and Spring streets shortly after 2:30pm

It was not immediately clear how the fight started, though each side quickly blamed the other

It was not immediately clear how the fight started, though each side quickly blamed the other

A demonstrator wears a t-shirt reading 'Unmasked, Unmuzzled, Unvaccinated, Unafraid' during an anti vaccination protest

A demonstrator wears a t-shirt reading 'Unmasked, Unmuzzled, Unvaccinated, Unafraid' during an anti vaccination protest

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Unmasked, Unmuzzled, Unvaccinated, 100% Unafraid, Jesus has me' during an anti vaccination

A demonstrator holds a poster reading 'Unmasked, Unmuzzled, Unvaccinated, 100% Unafraid, Jesus has me' during an anti vaccination

A demonstrator wears a cap reading 'Make Politicians Afraid Again' during an anti vaccination protest in front of City Hall

A demonstrator wears a cap reading 'Make Politicians Afraid Again' during an anti vaccination protest in front of City Hall

A sticker reads 'Trumpinator - I'll be Back' during an anti vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California

A sticker reads 'Trumpinator - I'll be Back' during an anti vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los Angeles, California

An anti-vaccine rally at Los Angeles City Hall turned violent Saturday, with one person stabbed and a reporter saying he was assaulted, according to police and protesters on the scene

An anti-vaccine rally at Los Angeles City Hall turned violent Saturday, with one person stabbed and a reporter saying he was assaulted, according to police and protesters on the scene 

KPCC radio reporter Frank Stolze calls for police officers to intervene as he walks out of the park near City Hall after being assaulted at by anti-mask protesters in Los Angeles on Saturday

KPCC radio reporter Frank Stolze calls for police officers to intervene as he walks out of the park near City Hall after being assaulted at by anti-mask protesters in Los Angeles on Saturday

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