Six militant leftists from By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) were stabbed today when they attacked members of the Traditionalist Worker Party during a permitted rally in Sacramento.

The Traditionalist Worker Party is described as white supremacist. Its political platform focuses on “ethnic consciousness,” religious freedom, usury, traditional values, national sovereignty, immigration and other issues. They had obtained a permit to protest against globalization outside the capitol.

The FBI has categorized BAMN as a terrorist group. It is known for advocating and practicing radical action and violence against its political opponents.

“BAMN seems to have planned recent demonstrations in a way that is calculated to cause violence,” Dianne Emmett writes for Berkeleyside. “They begin with an issue that draws a large number of supporters, in this case [a protest in Berkeley], equal justice for people of all races. Then they provoke violence in order to escalate the situation, hoping to radicalize these supporters and to draw more attention to their cause.”

This tactic failed in Sacramento on Sunday. After Trad members were attacked by baton-wielding BAMN activists, they apparently responded by stabbing their attackers (a Trad member was stabbed, indicating BAMN activists were also armed).

Yvette Felarca, an organizer from By Any Means Necessary, told local media violence against the Trad demonstrators was justified. “Riots are the voice of the unheard,” she told The New York Times in 2014.

BAMN, Antifas (an anti-fascist group that also participated in the attack), black bloc anarchists, and other radical leftists will engage in violence during the Republican and Democrat conventions next month.

Last week a federal judge struck down rules set by the City of Cleveland for protesters during the Republican convention. The Ohio branch of the American Civil Liberties Union brought a lawsuit in response to plans by the city to limit protests.

A coordinator for the Coalition to Stop Trump said restricting protests outside the convention hall will prevent “the confrontation between our message and the Republican agenda.”

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