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Orange County high school students take over Riverside Freeway

by Duane J. Roberts Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2006 at 3:37 PM
duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

A group of young high school students, all marching in opposition to legislation passed in the U.S. House of Representatives which would criminalize undocumented workers, took to the streets late yesterday afternoon and seized control of a major Orange County freeway.

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ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE

OVER RIVERSIDE FREEWAY

Traffic snarled up for miles as young Mexican

activists march against proposed law

By DUANE J. ROBERTS

duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

BUENA PARK, CA -- A group of young high school

students, all marching in opposition to legislation

passed in the U.S. House of Representatives which

would criminalize undocumented workers, took to the

streets late yesterday afternoon and seized control of

a major Orange County freeway.

Stunned Buena Park police officers just sat inside

their patrol cars and did nothing but watch as a group

of about 150 young Mexican activists holding signs and

waving flags casually walked up the Beach Blvd. onramp

and headed eastbound on the Riverside Freeway.

Several students who spoke on the condition of

anonymity alleged that the group fanned out and

marched on all six lanes of the freeway for about

fifteen minutes, causing rush hour traffic to be

snarled for miles in both directions.

Shortly after exiting the Magnolia St. offramp, they

were greeted with at least 40 cops equipped with riot

gear from the Buena Park, Cypress, and Anaheim police

departments. Although briefly detained, all were let

go without incident.

Some students participating in this action claimed

they attended both public and private high schools in

Anaheim, Westminster, Garden Grove, and Huntington

Beach. They said this was one of several walkouts that

took place in Anaheim that day, drawing upwards of 500

young people.

This reporter first came across this group of students

while they headed northbound on Magnolia St. in

Anaheim. About twenty Anaheim policemen and a

helicopter monitored them as they proceeded toward

La Palma St.

Once they hit La Palma St., they veered west into

Buena Park, passing in front of the the Buena Park

Mall. At Beach Blvd., they headed north, through an

entertainment district adjacent to Knotts Berry Farm.

They then entered the Riverside freeway from Beach

Blvd. onramp.

Although nobody was arrested or brutalized at the

hands of cops, several students alleged that a number

of citations had been issued earlier in the afternoon

for jaywalking and other traffic offenses; others said

two persons had been taken into custody, although

that is unconfirmed.



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Riverside Freeway, not Santa Ana Freeway Duane J. Roberts Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2006 at 6:11 PM
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