More than 2000 Mexican-American youths, hurling firebombs, rocks and bottles, fought a five-hour battle with Los Angeles police on Wednesday night (September 16).
More than 2000 Mexican-American youths, hurling firebombs, rocks and bottles, fought a five-hour battle with Los Angeles police on Wednesday night (September 16). This latest outbreak of racial violence in the city erupted at the end of a parade celebrating Mexico's Independence Day.
Police reported that a sheriff's deputy and two men were wounded by snipers during the rioting.
The trouble started after the parade, when several thousand Mexican-Americans were refused permission to stage a rally at a college in their section of the city. Demonstrating youths also claimed they were protesting against police "brutality".
Their protests quickly expanded into a full-scale battle with 500 police and sheriff's deputies, which raged around a residential park -- about a mile from the scene of last month's riots, during which two people died.
Three cars were burned and a book store destroyed before order was restored. At least 41 people were arrested during the rioting. Property damage was estimated at over 100,000 dollars (over GBP41,000 Sterling).