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Chicano Park Autodefensa Fights White Supremacy

teleSUR takes a look at a Feb. 3 community event against racism in Chicano Park, San Diego, Calif.

On Feb. 3, a group of people gathered at Chicano Park in San Diego, Calif. to have a "Patriot Picnic".

Their aim was to show "white Americans" were not welcomed in the historical monument and community park, which they consider "anti-American" for its murals featuring Mexican and Latin American political and social leaders, and raise up a U.S. flag. They want the murals to be removed along with a statue of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.

But the park is actually the product of a decades-long struggle by the Chicano community in San Diego. Local residents were ready to resist the aggression.

At the end, a small group of people attending the "Patriot Picnic 2.0" was driven away by hundreds of locals in support of Chicano Park.

Pictures by Erik Herrera.

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The Chicano Park Autodefensa organized after a group called
The Chicano Park Autodefensa organized after a group called "Bordertown Patriots Inc." threatened the community park. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
An anti-fascist group showed up in solidarity with Barrio Logan and Chicano Park. February 3, 2018.
An anti-fascist group showed up in solidarity with Barrio Logan and Chicano Park. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
A large crowd outnumbered the
A large crowd outnumbered the "Patriot Picnic 2.0" assistants. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
An Aztec dancer prepares for a ceremony during the Chicano Park Autodefensa event. February 3, 2018.
An Aztec dancer prepares for a ceremony during the Chicano Park Autodefensa event. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
Aztec dancing ceremony at Chicano Park during the Chicano Park Autodefensa event. February 3, 2018.
Aztec dancing ceremony at Chicano Park during the Chicano Park Autodefensa event. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
According to the legend, an eagle eating a snake on top of a cactus would be the sign to build the new Aztec city. February 3, 2018.
According to the legend, an eagle eating a snake on top of a cactus would be the sign to build the new Aztec city. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
Attendees to the Chicano Park Autodefensa event. February 3, 2018.
Attendees to the Chicano Park Autodefensa event. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
"Patriot Picnic 2.0" attendees leaving Chicano Park. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
Trump supporter at the
Trump supporter at the "Patriot Picnic 2.0" event in Chicano Park. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
"Patriot Picnic 2.0" attendees in Chicano Park. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
Some of the people attending the
Some of the people attending the "Patriot Picnic 2.0" in Chicano Park were wearing bulletproof vests and wore military-like outfits. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
Trump supporters at the
Trump supporters at the "Patriot Picnic 2.0" event in Chicano Park. February 3, 2018. Photo:Erik Herrera / erikherreraphoto.com
Trump supporters at the
Trump supporters at the "Patriot Picnic 2.0" event in Chicano Park. February 3, 2018. Photo:"Patriot Picnic 2.0" attendees leaving Chicano Park. February 3, 2018.
Published 4 February 2018
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