Peaceful Demonstrations Mark Anniversary of Protests

Residents opposing immigration wave flags and hold signs outside the U.S. Border Patrol station. Murrieta 24/7 photos: Doug Spoon Sm...

Residents opposing immigration wave flags and hold signs outside the U.S. Border Patrol station.
Murrieta 24/7 photos: Doug Spoon

Small crowds at two sites gathered on the anniversary of the July 1, 2014 immigration protests and conflict in Murrieta Wednesday, demonstrating for both sides of the issue.

About 30 residents stood outside the U.S. Border Patrol station on Madison Avenue, the site where those in opposition to the arrival of buses of migrant families from Central America blocked the vehicles from the facility. They waved American flags and held signs that read "stop illegal immigration." Police presence was on site but there appeared to be no immigrants rights supporters present and no conflicts were reported.

A couple hours later, a little less than 100 people gathered at Town Square Park at a rally organized by immigrants rights activists. While members of that group spoke to the crowd over a microphone on the stage, several demonstrators in opposition to the immigration movement shouted at them, held signs and sang "America the Beautiful" (above).

No incidents were reported.

Immigrants rights activists address the crowd at Town Square Park.


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