Irony Alert: Fight Erupts at Anti-Violence Rally
'Disheartening,' says mayor of Newark
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2016 10:08 AM CST
File photo of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka addressing reporters.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – An anti-violence demonstration in Newark, New Jersey, devolved into a physical altercation between two activists. The small crowd began arguing on the steps of Newark City Hall on Wednesday about the city's attempts to curb violence, reports The demonstration was organized by two anti-violence groups. They say they wanted to urge Mayor Ras Baraka to put his "quality of life plan" into action to help address violence in the city. A group of Baraka supporters appeared and an argument ensued.

At one point, one man put his hands around another's neck and pushed him to the ground. Organizers and other participants said the skirmish lasted only a few minutes, and there were no serious injuries. Baraka says the scuffle is being investigated by Newark police and called it "disheartening."