A pair of dueling protests involving white nationalists and anti-fascists erupted Saturday and created a tense scene at the Texas Capitol, leading state troopers in riot gear to separate the crowds and haul away at least two people.
The fracas came just hours after state leaders unveiled the Texas African American History Memorial at the Capitol. The unveiling, which was attended by Gov. Greg Abbott, happened at 10 a.m. Soon after, a scrum began to form on the street to the south of the Capitol.
A small group of "white lives matter" protesters held signs decrying hate crime laws. They were surrounded by hundreds of counter-protesters who drowned out the other group's voices with chants like "black lives matter" and "no Trump, no KKK, no fascists, USA." Some held rainbow flags; others had flags with communist or anarchic messages. People on both sides wore bandanas over their faces.
At first, uniformed police officers were watching over the event. But as tensions rose and both sides began shouting at each other, Department of Public Safety troopers in riot gear came in and formed a circle around the white nationalist group. As some troopers on horseback tried to clear part of the street and set up barriers, a few protesters were carried away with their hands bound by zip ties. It wasn't immediately cleared how many, if any, were arrested or what they were charged with.
The Texas Tribune was at the protests and recorded live video of the protests and apparent arrests.