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California authorities arrested a prominent San Francisco Bay Area anti-fascist leader on charges stemming from a state Capitol brawl last year between white nationalist groups and counter-protesters.


Yvonne C. Felarca, 47, was arrested in Los Angeles on charges of inciting and participating in a riot and assault likely to cause great bodily injury, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said.

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Yvette Felarca is the name used by the leader and spokeswoman for the group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), but public records show her given name is Yvonne Capistrano Felarca.


Seven people were sent to the hospital with stab wounds, two with life-threatening injuries, on Sunday afternoon as Black Bloc anarchists attacked and fought with white supremacist groups outside the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Several other demonstrators who managed to avoid the hospital suffered bruises after the groups engaged in a chaotic melee.


The Black Bloc activists were part of a militant leftist “anti-fascist” group,”Antifa Sacramento.” The right-wing extremists were members of the Traditionalist Worker Party and the Golden State Skinheads, and were holding a permitted rally.

Members of “anti-fascist” groups like the ones who attacked protesters have also been been responsible for a number of attacks around the country, including attacks on Donald Trump supporters at recent rallies. Some of these attacks follow hyperbolic allegations by some on the left (and even some on the right, such as Glenn Beck) that Donald Trump is “Hitler.”

 By Any Means Necessary has not returned repeated telephone messages from The Associated Press over two days.

A second counter-protester, Michael Williams, 56, was arrested in Yolo County on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and participating in a riot.

They are the last of four arrests stemming from a June 2016 melee that erupted when more than 300 counter-protesters confronted about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party. Prosecutors on Tuesday announced the arrests of a party supporter and another counter-protester.

Felarca attended the Capitol protest and gave television interviews after the melee. Following those interviews, Berkeley police last year investigated threats against Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School where Felarca was a teacher. School officials could not be reached Wednesday.

She also has been prominent at several clashes in Berkeley involving the Occupy movement and more recently between supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump and conservative leaders.

Prosecutors said there are no more outstanding warrants from last year’s clash, although the California Highway Patrol had sought charges against 101 participants after an eight-month investigation. The district attorney’s office said many counter-protesters were masked, making it difficult to bring charges including against those involved in several stabbings and an assault on a Sacramento television station’s news crew.

Fourteen people had stab wounds, cuts and bruises, with two of the injured surviving critical stab wounds.

The district attorney’s office also rejected dozens of lesser charges including unlawful assembly or possessing illegal signs and banners.

“Our role is to investigate the incident and make recommendations to the district attorney’s office,” highway patrol spokeswoman Fran Clader said Wednesday. “Ultimately it’s up to the district attorney’s office to determine who should be arrested and face charges.”

Robert Gehl at Federalist Papers reports that the petite Felarca is clearly shown pummeling, shoving, and pushing down the man, who has his hands raised the entire time. ABC10 reports the man was trying to get the attention of the police for help.

During his arraignment – with her supporters outside declaring that it’s not a crime to “punch a Nazi” – she told the court that the charges against her were false and should be dropped.

“Standing up against fascism and the rise of Nazism and fascism in this country is not a crime,” she said. “We have the right to defend ourselves.”

Back in 2016, Felarca told reporters that the goal of the demonstration was to “shut down the Nazi scum.”

“They are organizing to attack and kill us,” she said at the time. “So we have a right to self-defense…That is why we have to shut them down by any means necessary.”

She continues to teach and can not be legally fired unless she is convicted of a felony.

The group that BAMN were protesting are the “Traditionalist Worker Party,” which many claim is a front for Neo-Nazis. Their propaganda page is full of racial tropes and posters.

It’s amazing that these groups think that they can violently assault another human being without suffering the consequences.

Whatever the man’s politics, he posed no threat to anyone at that time. He wasn’t even defending himself or fighting back.

One of the definitions of fascism is the belief that violence is an acceptable political tatic.

By that definition, the BAMN folks are the fascists they claim to fight.

H/T: Twitchy

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