Minuteman Protest Gets Ugly
The left had been promising the Minutemen Project would cause unnecessary violence and they were absolutely correct. But, it was the “Minutemen” and not the illegal aliens that were on the receiving end of that violence last night. Vicious protesters hurled bricks, rocks and unopened soda cans in the rally last night against the founder of the Minuteman in Pasadena, California.
A protest against the founder of the border-watching Minuteman Project turned violent when demonstrators hurled rocks and unopened soda cans at police and people attending the event, authorities said Thursday.
Police arrested one man after he drove slowly into a crowd blocking a driveway and knocked two demonstrators to the ground on Wednesday night.
The motorist was later released and police are recommending to the district attorney that no charges be filed, said Garden Grove Lt. Mike Hanfield.
“It was reasonable for him to be afraid,’ when protesters surrounded his car and pounded on the outside, he said.
About 300 people turned out at the Women’s Civic Club in Orange County to protest a speech by Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist of Aliso Viejo.
The protesters targeted members of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, which organized the event, and officers called out to patrol the demonstration, Hanfield said.
Five protesters were arrested on charges that included assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon.
About 60 police officers eventually declared the protest an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse.
Protesters accused Gilchrist’s group of racism against Hispanics.
“Their racist acts are being masked by patriotism,’ said Obed Sanchez of Garden Grove.
Gilchrist, who denies the racism claims, led an effort to post civilian sentries along Arizona’s border with Mexico to spot illegal immigrants. The effort was praised by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger but condemned by President George W. Bush, who called the volunteers vigilantes.