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Santa Ana police deploy armored cars and horses to squelch protest

by Duane J. Roberts Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2006 at 7:31 PM

Several of Santa Ana's poorest working class Mexican neighborhoods suddenly found themselves under a state of siege last night when an estimated two hundred Santa Ana police officers, Orange County Sheriff's deputies, and California Highway patrolmen descended into the area and squelched a peaceful protest near the intersection of Bristol and McFadden Streets.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006



People watch in horror as riot squad attacks crowd of

peaceful and festive observers


SANTA ANA, CA -- Several of Santa Ana's poorest

working class Mexican neighborhoods suddenly found

themselves under a state of siege last night when an

estimated two hundred Santa Ana police officers,

Orange County Sheriff's deputies, and California

Highway patrolmen descended into the area and

squelched a peaceful protest near the intersection of

Bristol and McFadden Streets.

More than 700 people had assembled about a quarter

mile away to express their opposition to legislation

passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in

December that would criminalize undocumented workers.

The demonstration was peaceful and festive as people

carried flags, signs, and wore clothing symbolizing

their Mexican heritage. The street was flooded with

cars honking their horns.

Things took a turn for the worse when Santa Ana

policemen dressed in full riot gear suddenly came up

from behind the crowd I was standing in and began

yelling for everybody to "get the hell out of here."

Without warning, cops started jumping out from

their patrol cars and began shoving and pushing

people; several Mexican males trying to move away from

them stumbled and fell as they lost their balance.

After being herded out of the area like a bunch of

cattle, this reporter retreated to the safety of his

vehicle. In the dark, a black armored car carrying

Santa Ana policemen slowly moved east on McFadden.

Several California Highway Patrol units also whizzed

by, their lights quietly flashing; they positioned

themselves further up the street to prevent people

from entering the neighborhood.

When things cooled down, I exited my vehicle and found

myself watching about eight policemen on horseback

ride their ponies directly through one working class

neighborhood in an attempt to get to Bristol street.

Moving to a nearby shopping center, I observed a

formation about sixty Orange County Sheriff's deputies

and California Highway patrolmen march South on

Bristol street toward the intersection.

It's unclear at this time if anybody was arrested or

seriously injured, but after the army of cops

retreated, the only visible property damage one could

see was graffiti that somebody sprayed on local

businesses. On the wall next to a convenience store I

bought a bag of chips and a soda from, somebody wrote

the words: "Mexico, don't hate."

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Bush fascism Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2006 at 7:39 PM
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