A teenage girl was detained Monday outside the Capitol after police separated Occupy protesters from a group opposing black-on-white violence in South Africa.
The girl with Occupy Oakland was taken to Juvenile Hall after she became combative and assaulted an officer who asked her to pick up litter, California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Kennedy said. He did not have her age or city of residence.
"It's a free country and we're here to protect everyone's rights," Kennedy said.
The confrontation was the type of shouting match that officers deal with when opposing groups rally at the Capitol, he added.
There were no other arrests despite shouting and sign-waving between competing protesters who were separated by about two-dozen officers on foot and horseback.
Activists with the Occupy group cursed at peace officers and about 40 mostly white men who were at the Capitol to draw attention to what they say is white genocide.
Organizers for the South Africa Project said similar demonstrations were planned in other states and throughout California.
"There is white genocide going on in South Africa. It's a government-backed genocide," said Kyle Krieger, a spokesman for the South Africa Project.
His comments were echoed by other men, some with shaved heads and prominent tattoos.
Occupy protesters, some wearing hoods or masks, said they came from the San Francisco Bay area to counter what they called a racist group affiliated with former Louisiana Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
Some in the Occupy crowd also had shaved heads or mohawk haircuts and equally prominent tattoos, but a different message.
"The fascists came to town," said Melvin Kelley, who was carrying a large Occupy Oakland sign.
He criticized police for separating the two groups. "With the police here, it always gets heated. (Police) don't like us," he said.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.