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  • Social movements throughout Southern California come together to protest Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles on May 5, 2016

    Social movements throughout Southern California come together to protest Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles on May 5, 2016 | Photo: Gonzalo Rios Castro

Published 23 May 2016

The anti-Clinton event took place two weeks before the June 7 California primary context between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Los Angeles held another anti-Hillary Clinton rally in front of a US$1,000-a-ticket fundraiser on Monday, demanding that the Democratic front-runner commit to ending deportations and addressing the root causes of forced migration.

A coalition of Latino community organizations, led by the Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees and Families, called Clinton a "war criminal" who was "responsible for the coup of President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras and the killing of thousands in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Palestine."

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Besides naming her hawkish record, the event organizers stressed that she called for the deportation of unaccompanied refugee children back to Central America when she was Secretary of State and could easily do the same as president.

Particularly, Latino organizations have called Clinton out on her involvement in the 2009 coup in Honduras that has caused an increase in human rights abuses, including the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres, leading thousands of Hondurans to flee their country.

These and other policies seem to be putting a wedge between Clinton and the Latino community.

However, according to a Fox News poll conducted Friday, 41 percent of Latinos said they view Clinton negatively, compared with 56 percent who view her positively, while 42 percent said she desires the presidency for herself and not for the good of the country, according to Washington-based daily The Hill.

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As the contest continues, Clinton's favorability continues to drop with likely voters. According to another poll conducted by The Hill, only 31 percent of voters view Clinton favorably.

Protest organizers noted, "Although some of the people in attendance will undoubtedly be Bernie Sanders supporters, the majority of the organizers are non-partisan."

They instead focused on policy, drawing attention to the upcoming mass deportation of women and children that Homeland Security announced on May 12 and issued a seven-point list of demands for Clinton, including halting all deportations and raids, providing immediate temporary relief and releasing all refugees from detention centers.

While their message largley focused on youth, the organizers made sure to not draw a distinction between "good" and "bad" immigrants, urging protesters to show up with the flag of their movements home country rather than the U.S. flag.

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Clinton also attended another fundraiser in Los Angeles with a US$2,700 entrance fee — the maximum an individual can contribute — co-hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The dinner will be her 26th fundraiser in Los Angeles, on her 12th visit since she announced her candidacy, reported the Los Angeles Daily News. Her previous visits on May 5 also drew large-scale protests, largely led by Black and Latino activists.

Sanders was also in the city, holding a rally in East Los Angeles and in Santa Monica.

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