Robert Gehl reports a Berkeley middle school teacher who was videotaped pummeling a man during a 2016 protest is arguing that what she did was not a crime.It was last June during an “anti-fascist” demonstration when Yvette Felarca, 47, encountered a man who is apparently a “Neo-Nazi.” Felarca is a member of a group called “By Any Means Necessary” (BAMN). She was finally arrested last month and charged with felony assault and two misdemeanor counts of inciting and participating in a riot.In the video, the petite Felarca is clearly shown pummeling, shoving, and pushing down the man, who has his hands raised the entire time. ABC10 reports the man was trying to get the attention of the police for help.During his arraignment – with her supporters outside declaring that it’s not a crime to “punch a Nazi” – she told the court that the charges against her were false and should be dropped.“Standing up against fascism and the rise of Nazism and fascism in this country is not a crime,” she said. “We have the right to defend ourselves.”Back in 2016, Felarca told reporters that the goal of the demonstration was to “shut down the Nazi scum.”
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