With swinging batons, New York went effectively into action against dozens of rioting Latin-Americans in the city's famed Fifth Avenue, May 15.
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Background: With swinging batons, New York went effectively into action against dozens of rioting Latin-Americans in the city's famed Fifth Avenue, May 15. For the second day running anti- and pro-Fidel Castro supporters clashed. Trouble started after the annual United Puerto Rican Hispanic parade was joined by 100 red-shirted, flag carrying Castro supporters. Shouting pro-Castro slogans this group marched peacefully for a few blocks, but when members began calling out, in Spanish, "Down with the Yankees", anti-Castro elements along the route hurled eggs.
With typical Hispanic exuberance, the battle was joined and fights flared up along the progress of the shouting band of red-shirted Castro supporters. Women, police and bystanders were swept into the melees.Fists, boots and clubs were used as pro-Castro fought anti-Castro and as police fought to separate them. A dozen people were arrested and a few injured.
The previous day there was a demonstration and subsequent fight outside the Cuban Consulate in Madison Avenue. Eighteen people were arrested.