Arrests made at Texas anti-fascist rally

Arrests made at an anti-fascist rally in Austin, Texas on Saturday, September 23, 2017. (Credit: CBS Austin)

AUSTIN, Texas — Counter-protesters to Saturday's Dixie Freedom Rally gathered at the state capitol in Austin.

The counter-protest took place even though the original pro-Confederate demonstration was cancelled.

Another Dixie Freedom Rally was scheduled to take place in August, but it was postponed due to concerns over violence following the deadly protests over Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Va.

(WARNING: Raw video contains some coarse language. See more rally coverage at

Officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) made several arrests at the Saturday demonstration, including Nicholas Ortiz of the Brown Berets de TejAtzlan of Bell County. Ortiz, pictured above being handcuffed, was detained but released when the man he got in a scuffle with declined to press charges.

DPS arrested Andrew Alemao, from Iowa City, Iowa, for assaulting a trooper while attempting to flee. While taking Alemao into custody, Angelica Hale, from Austin, attempted to interfere and was arrested.

Alemao will be charged with assaulting a peace officer, a third degree felony. Hale is being charged with interference with public duty, a Class A misdemeanor.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off