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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Nothing's Changed Three Years After the Anaheim Riots

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

They came to Pearson Park in Anaheim from Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Oxnard and beyond to mark the third anniversary of the killings of Manuel Angel Diaz and Joel Acevedo. Their deaths at the hands of police sparked riots and gained worldwide notice, along with promises of more funding and attention by politicians and activists alike for the city's working-class youth. The crowd Saturday afternoon was good enough, with about 150 people spread over dozens of picnic tables and booths--far smaller than the first memorial or even last year's gathering.

A taquero warmed tortillas and grilled chicken, al pastor and carne asada. Anarchists laid out clothes and other items for the Really, Really Free Market, a yard sale/gift exchange at which everything comes without a price. On the grass was a poster board depicting Mickey Mouse with devil horns and a hatchet dripping with blood. Anti-police brutality rap blared from speakers while people talked.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly News Feature out on newsstands today. If outside the distribution area, click the link below: guinida_lane.php

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