Louise Rosealma drove from Ventura, California to Berkeley to take part in a counter-protest against alt-right white supremacist groups. By the end of the day, video of her getting sucker-punched by a known white supremacist had gone viral.
“We got there around 1 p.m.,” she told CBS San Francisco. “We went to show our support and be bodies present in counter protest.”
As soon as Rosealma arrived at the protest location, her and her “antifa” compatriots were surrounded by the opposing demonstrators.
“A smoke bomb went off in the area where the white nationalists and neo-nazis were…Everyone was confused,” she said. “[The smoke] filled the whole intersection. They started rushing and started attacking people.”
Before she knew it, she was surrounded by an angry mob.
“Me and my friends were fleeing. As we were running away I lost my friends. I was trying to follow my boyfriend, but he just disappeared…I was just trying to block myself away from different people who were just pushing me and attacking other people.”
Then, she was punched in the face.
“He punched me on the bridge of my nose. It cut it a little bit,” Rosealma said, referring to Nathan Damigo, a known white supremacist who attends Cal State University Stanislaus . “I got thrown down and I’m pretty sure he just ran (away). I got right back up. I was punched twice more by two other people. People kept trying to throw me down to hit my head on the rocks that were in the planter. I was just trying to not get my skull cracked open.”
She was also kneed several times in the head by another attacker. When the attack was over, she looked up and saw her boyfriend covered in blood.
“There was no time for emotion. I was just terrified. I didn’t have time to process what was happening to me. All I knew was I was trying to find my boyfriend and not get hit…When it was happening I realized they were trying to crack my skull on the curb and on the rocks in the planter.”
According to her, the attack was unprovoked.
“I didn’t exchange words with anyone,” she said. “I was just standing there.”
Rosealma says that threats and harassment continue as the video of her getting punched gets circulated.
“They are trying to make me into this trophy – the victory of the alt right and neo-nazis,” she said. “It’s petty and pathetic… That they knocked over a 95-pound person… [The harassment] has been non-stop… Requests on Instagram. Facebook, Youtube…They just are trying to get to me.”
Watch her interview in the video below, via the New York Daily News:
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