A scuffle broke out on a Southern California beach where supporters of President Donald Trump were rallying when counter-protesters doused female organisers with pepper spray, authorities said Saturday.
Video posted on Facebook from the fracas at Bolsa Chica State Beach, near Los Angeles, shows a man punching the assailant before being pulled away as the masked man runs off.
“It was a quick reaction, there was about 12 of them,” organiser Jennifer Sterling told the Los Angeles Times of her defenders.
No one was wounded in the altercation, according to a dispatcher for the Huntington Beach Fire Department.
Local police reported no arrests among the protesters, although the Times said the California Highway Patrol picked up the masked man shortly after he ran off.
Organisers were not immediately available for comment following the rally, attended by several hundred people supporting Trump, first responders and veterans.
The march was one of dozens planned nationwide.
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