ABC7 San Francisco: Thousands Across Bay Area Protest AZ Immigration Law
In San Jose, thousands of marchers headed to an evening rally at city hall. In San Francisco, a separate demonstration wrapped up in the afternoon, but not without a bit of trouble.
Three people were attacked and at least two others were arrested. The people assaulted were part of the Minutemen demonstration, a group in favor of Arizona’s new immigration law.
They said a large group of immigrants’ rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.
“They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco,” said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. “What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me.”
So, let me get this straight: A bunch of people advocating illegal immigration–generally speaking, the violation of American immigration laws mostly by people of Hispanic origin–attacks a group of American citizens who dared ask that our laws be enforced, and the American citizens asking that our laws be enforced are called the “racists?” Again: As they’re getting pummeled, the American citizens merely insisting that the laws already on the books get enforced are called “racists?”
If those rogue LAPD officers had called Rodney King a racist between blows to the head, would that have made any sense? If World War II-era Jews were led into the ovens amid accusations that they harbor a deep-seated, discriminatory hate of Aryan Nation-looking Nazis, would that have made any sense?
It’s amazing how these people are able to get away with this, that people continue to misread–or neglect to read–the Arizona immigration bill and continue accusing those of us who simply want our immigration laws enforced to be motivated by racial hatred or xenophobia. But it gets even better…
Associated Press: Calif. Immigrants’ Rights March Ends in Vandalism
Close to 20 businesses were damaged after what started as a peaceful immigrants’ rights march in downtown Santa Cruz turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said.
Police spokesman Zach Friend said an estimated 250 people started marching through the city around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
A fire was started in a coffee shop entryway but was extinguished once police cleared the way for firefighters, Friend said.
Eighteen businesses were damaged, with the cost of repairs estimated at between $50,000 and $100,000. No injuries were reported.
So, 250 immigration rights activists marching though Santa Cruz manage to cause at least $50,000 in damage to area businesses. Yet millions of people have attended Tea Party rallies from coast to coast over the period of more than a year without a single arrest or instance of vandalism, and the Tea Party rally attendees are dismissed as violent?
It’s about time people face reality with regard to how certain segments of the American population handle dissent.