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Riot breaks out at Immigration Rights protest; windows broken on dozens of businesses, porch of cafe set on fire

SANTA CRUZ - A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker's and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Many in the group were carrying makeshift torches as they marched, breaking storefront windows and writing "anarchist graffiti" on buildings, according to Capt. Steve Clark. Many businesses sustained multiple broken windows including very large storefront windows at Urban Outfitters and The Rittenhouse building. Police believe at least 15 businesses suffered damage.
The violence was initiated from a group holding a rally at the town clock for May Day. Windows at Jamba Juice and Velvet Underground were left shattered and graffiti including anarchy signs were tagged onto buildings.

More peaceful protests? Why hasn't this gotten national attention?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:00 PM on May. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (16)
  • Those peace loving libs are at it again. But beware of old ladies singing God Bless America. They are a major threat.

    Answer by Carpy at 4:08 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:01 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • I can't stand protesters! They always want to fight for rights and blah blah blah but are always the first to start a damn riot. Ignorant.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:02 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • The media is too busy covering the geriatrics tea partiers...

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:03 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Causing a riot is always a good way to get your point across. *sarcasm*

    Answer by mancosmomma at 4:10 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Causing a riot is always a good way to get your point across. *sarcasm*

    Yea, Vandelizing.... Riots..... Leftist media/blogs/and even cmr's were trying to justify grandma in her hover-round possibly provoking the swat team... Niiiiice ;o)


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:33 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Hmmm funny, I just heard that all of the protests were peaceful and that was on FOX. Wonder how they hid that? I can see the lamestreet media not reporting but FOX?

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:42 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • I understand we have a right to peaceful protests, but when it gets violent, they just prove the oppositions point! "Yeah we should grant citizenship to these violent A--holes who just destroyed a neighborhood"

    I mean , how do they know the people whose windows they busted out weren't on their side??? Sounds like an ignorance parade!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • exactly, anon :46. Ignorance on Parade, get your tickets HERE!!!

    but, run for cover if you see a granny in a hoveround, you can't be too careful with those tea party people!!

    Last night, and today, FOX is all about a) car-bomb in Times Square or b) oil slick in Gulf of Mexico. Not surprised that they didn't get to a riot last night. I'm sure they will in time...

    Answer by 29again at 4:57 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Go figure, they love throwing rocks that's for sure.Homemade torches now too.I would also be willing to bet they have no idea if those store owners would agree with them or not..just like boycotting Arizona Iced Tea..that comes out of NY.Peaceful=a rock throwing extravaganza.I wonder how many illegal immigrants were there making demands upon our country and throwing rocks...amazing.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:21 PM on May. 2, 2010