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    An alleged white supremacist with a swastika tattoo has been charged with fighting in public after punching an Asian man at a White Lives Matter rally in Huntington Beach, California.

    What happened: The incident began on Sunday when the Asian man, identified as Santa Ana resident Triet Tran, 36, approached Andrew Nilsen, 38, a resident of Huntington Beach, according to Raw Story.

    • “I want to understand why you hate me so much,” Tran told Nilsen, as shown in the video posted by producer and live streamer Andrew Kimmel on Twitter.
    • “If you’re strong enough to stand for your beliefs,” Tran said, “then speak to me.”
    • Nilsen refused to acknowledge Tran’s comments and questions. With his hands behind his back, Tran pressed on.
    • Tran eventually stepped in front of Nilsen, and the two men collided.
    • After pushing Tran away, Nilsen punched him in the face in the presence of police officers.

    The aftermath: In a video posted by Instagram user Vishal Pratap Singh, an Asian officer declares that he saw Tran step in front of Nilsen.


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    A post shared by Vishal Pratap Singh (@vishal.p.singh)

    • Singh calls out the officers, accusing them of defending Nilsen even though they saw him punch Tran.
    • In another video posted by Singh, one of the officers escorts Nilsen to a less crowded area while patting his back.
    • The officer then says, “Thank you, brother,” to Nilsen before handcuffing him.


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    A post shared by Vishal Pratap Singh (@vishal.p.singh)

    • Although Tran asked the police to charge his attacker with assault, Nilsen was only charged with fighting in public.
    • Singh shared in one of his Instagram posts that Tran was also arrested.

    About the rally: Around 500 people gathered at the recent White Lives Matter rally on Sunday, Los Angeles Times reported.

    • What started as a peaceful gathering turned chaotic once supporters and protestors of the movement began to clash.
    • The LAPD arrested 12 people at the rally.
    • Two people were accused of using amplified sound, and authorities discovered a metal baton, pepper spray and a knife in one attendee’s backpack.

    NextShark has reached out to the Huntington Police Department for further comment and will update this story accordingly.

    Feature Image via Raw Story

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