An anti-vaxxer who bragged about attending the January 6 riot at the Capitol is seen in videos and a picture swinging a thermostat like a club at a reporter during a Saturday melee involving Proud Boys and Antifa members.
The fighting started around 2pm after anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers clashed with counter-protesters from Antifa outside the Los Angeles City Hall and Police Department – as the city reimposes stricter mandates because of rising COVID cases.
The Los Angeles police have issued one official statement since the incident – a Saturday tweet – confirming one person was stabbed and there were no arrests.
The statement didn’t mention a second stabbing or the attacks on at least two reporters.
One of the journalists who was attacked – Tina-Desiree Berg – said in a phone interview with DailyMail.com that one person was stabbed on each side of the fight, and she and another reporter were hit by multiple anti-vaxxers.
‘These guys are targeting the press,’ Berg told DailyMail.com.
‘They’re saying, “I’m Antifa paparazzi.” I think it’s a just an amount of time before they shoot someone. Because of none of this is rational.’
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An anti-vaccination protester, identified as Tony Moon, clashes with a counter protester during an anti-vaccination rally near LA City Hall on Saturday
An anti-vaccination protester holds a sign reading ‘Stop the Needle Rape’ during a rally near City Hall
Tony Moon – seen holding thermostat – was on the anti-vaxxer side of the protest
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
During the brawl, an anti-vaxxer named Tony Moon – aka ‘RoofKorean7’ on Twitter, who has been vocal about his Trump-supporting ideologies and described himself as a ‘2021 Antifa Hunter’ in his Twitter bio – ripped off Berg’s mask and swung a thermostat at the longtime reporter.
He was seen and heard in videos, ‘Unmask them. Unmask them all.’
Wearing a helmet and protective gear, Berg has been covering several of these incidents for Status Coup which she said have become more frequent and increasingly violent in recent months.
‘One of them came out of left field and hit me in the back of the head,’ she told DailyMail.com.
What was dubbed as the ‘Choose Freedom March’ protested what they described as ‘medical tyranny’ of mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports.
They were confronted by a counter-protest – calling itself ‘No Safe Space for Fascists’.
Both sides were seen in videos lining up in the street with fists raises and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. Both sides threw punches and wrestled to the ground.
Prison shank-like weapons were used to stab people on both sides.
Anti-vaxxers (identified wearing orange bands on their arms) in an all-out scrum with counter-protestors during a Saturday melee in Los Angeles
LAPD said one person was stabbed and there were no arrests during this fight
But the police didn’t say a second person was stabbed and at least two reporters were attacked
A wild street fight in Los Angeles took place right outside city hall and the police department
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. They were criticized for not taking action
Berg said anti-vaxxers, who were mostly Proud Boys and other far-right-wing groups, harassed the young skateboarders.
Berg said she saw one of the counter protestors intervened, which sparked the violence.
‘They literally think everyone is Antifa. There were kids like 13, 14 years old just skateboarding, and they go to the area near the headquarters because there are ramps. They said they were Antifa.’
Bloody chaos unfolded in front of what appeared to be dozens of police officers, who didn’t immediately stop the fight.
Berg said it took about three minutes for police get involved.
DailyMail.com left a message for the LAPD for more information.
Moon – pictured here – has been vocal about his anti-vaccine and anti-mask feels and participated in the battle in the LA
Many anti-vaxxers have are Trump supporters and are tied to the the Proud Boys
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
An anti-mask and anti-vaccine believer is about to flip off the reporter
‘The first guy who hit me came out of the left field and punched me,’ she told Dailymail.com.
‘Then (Moon) came over and yelling take their masks off. He came up to me, I told him to stop it and yelled, “F**k you.” But I was so focused on trying to keep filming. I caught three or four guys wailing on this kid. It was wild.’
Saturday’s street brawl started out as anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers protesting the city’s new mandates as the ‘Delta’ variant ravages parts of the country, including LA.
Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to enter public indoor spaces, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, concert venues, movie theaters and stores.
Moon recorded himself in a Twitter thread of videos outside the Capitol during the insurrection.
In one 30-second clip, he said, ‘So I’m on the steps. We’re taking the Capitol building, everywhere! Teargas couldn’t stop us! Look at all the patriots!’
Moon’s tweet outside the Capitol on January 6
Behind him was a sea of America flags, Trump banners and red ‘MAGA’ hats before they stormed the building.
DID YOU GO INSIDE. WHAT WAS IT LIKE. WHY DID YOU GO?
To date, Moon has not arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrection, according to a running list of suspects provided by the Department of Justice and FBI.
In mid-July, there was another huge brawl where 40 people were arrested following a transgender rights protest outside a spa in Koreatown.
Officers fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse the unruly mob, which became violent when Proud Boys and Antifa members joined the trans rights demonstration and clashed outside the spa.
Thirty nine of the arrests were for failure to disperse, LAPD told DailyMail.com
LAPD said that smoke bombs and other projectiles were thrown at officers trying to break up the crowd, and stun guns, knives and pepper spray were confiscated.
Berg said she wonders if these protests are actually about masks and vaccines, or if they’re a rallying cry in the far-right’s fight against anything they believe is against their freedom.’
‘This is a cultish group around Trump. These right-wing groups and gather and fight against anything against they believe is against the freedom. They think the mask is against freedom,’ she said.