Khaleda Rahman, Daily Mail, June 30, 2016
This is the moment a tiny teacher beat up a neo-Nazi man during a bloody clash between a group of white supremacists and protesters.
Yvette Felarca helped organize a counter-protest against members of the Traditionalist Worker Party and Golden State Skinheads who had planned to rally outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento on Sunday.
They were met with hundreds of the counter-protesters and a fight broke out, leaving ten people with stab wounds and other injuries.
Felarca, a teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, was caught on camera screaming at one of the neo-Nazis to ‘get the f*** off our streets.’
She was also captured punching the man in the stomach before being pushed aside to safety by police officers in riot gear.
While she was injured in the clash, she gave an interview afterwards with a bandage wrapped around her head saying she was OK.
Felarca, a member of ‘By Any Means Necessary’–an activist group that believes fascists should not have the right to free speech, told KRCA that she supports the launch of a ‘militant’ movement to stop Nazis and the Klu Klux Klan.
‘If we ignore them and allow them to hold their recruitment rallies, they are not non-violent,’ she added to ABC10.
‘They are organizing to attack and kill us. We have to shut them down by any means necessary.’
But now, she has become the target of anonymous threats–one of which called for her to be fired or the children she teaches would be harmed.
Berkeley police have since stepped up patrols around the school, NBC7 reports.
In a statement, Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Mark Coplan said that the school learned a teacher was involved in the brawl on Monday.
‘One anonymous email in particular threatened that if certain actions were not taken against the teacher within the week, someone would come to King with the intent to harm students,’ Coplan said.
However, school is not currently in session and two summer camps that were being held on the campus have now moved elsewhere.
Felarca said that she is on summer break from school and didn’t ask permission from officials to attend the protest.
She didn’t clarify what she did at the protest but said she does a ‘lot of demonstrating and I yell a lot of things.’
Felarca blames the ‘vile and racist’ atmosphere permeating the county on the rise of Donald Trump and said that those who bash immigrants and spread hate must be stopped.
She defended her stance on ‘militant’ action being taken to stop it, despite the American Civil Liberties stance that everyone should have the right to speak their mind.
‘I am disgusted and condemn these attacks on myself and the children, the faculty and staff at my school,’ she told Berkeleyside.
‘I hold Donald Trump responsible for this. His politics of racist demagoguery and hate is inciting these vile threats of violence, even against children.
‘It exposes why Trump and his racist, Nazi, and KKK supporters need to be defeated–and it shows us what Donald Trump’s vision for America really is, and why we need to keep building the movement.’
The fight on Sunday broke out when about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party gathering to rally around noon Sunday were met by about 400 counter-protesters, California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada said.
As people tried to leave the area, smaller fights broke out, Granada said.
Of the injured, two were taken to the hospital with critical stab wounds, but they were expected to survive, officials said.
Police were investigating two assaults that happened outside the Capitol grounds, but no arrests have been made, the Sacramento Police Department said in a statement.
The Capitol was on lockdown until protesters cleared the area.
Videos from the melee posted on social media show mounted police officers dispersing a group of mostly young people, some with their faces covered, while some throw stones toward a man holding a stick and being shielded by police officers in riot gear.
A KCRA-TV reporter and his cameraman were caught in an altercation with protesters who shouted ‘no cameras’ as they tried to grab their equipment and shove them away from the crowd.
Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey said nine men and one woman, ranging from 19 to 58 years old, were treated for stab wounds, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
‘There was a large number of people carrying sticks and rushing to either get into the melee or see what was going on,’ Harvey said.
The victims were all present while the protest took place, said Sacramento Police spokesman Matt McPhail but he said it was still unclear whether and how they were involved.
The Traditionalist Workers Party had scheduled and received a permit to protest for two hours in front of the Capitol.
Law enforcement was aware of the counter-protest effort and police deployed more than 100 officers to the Capitol, McPhail said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has described TWP as a group formed in 2015 as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which aims to ‘indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism.’
Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, told the Los Angeles Times that his group and the Golden State Skinheads organized the Sunday rally.
Heimbach said that in the clash, one of their marchers had been stabbed in an artery and six of the counter-protesters had also been stabbed.
Vice chairman Matt Parrott, who was not present at the Sacramento rally, blamed ‘leftist radicals’ for instigating the violence.
A post recently uploaded to site of the Traditionalist Youth Network said TWP members planned to march in Sacramento to protest against globalization and in defense of their right to free expression. They said they expected to be outnumbered 10-to-1 by counter-protesters.
‘We concluded that it was time to use this rally to make a statement about the precarious situation our race is in,’ the Traditionalist Youth Network statement said.
‘With our folk on the brink of becoming a disarmed, disengaged, and disenfranchised minority, the time to do something was yesterday!’
The clash followed a confrontation in March between Ku Klux Klan members and counter-protesters in Anaheim, California in which three people were stabbed.