Monday, May 7, 2007

//News// May 1 violence condemned

The violent clash between pro-immigration marchers and policemen on May 1 has caused public outrage throughout the U.S.

Shortly after the incident, workers' union officials, state congressmen, and L.A. city officials condemned the violence and called for an investigation into the event that saw police shooting rubber bullets and swinging batons against marchers, journalists, and even young children. An FBI civil rights agency has also initiated its own inquiry.

The May 1 rally was intended to drum up support for immigration reform legislation, but police started clashing with demonstrators after they claimed they were pelted with rocks and bottles. The city's police chief said members of the Metro Division that clashed with the marchers have been taken off the streets while an investigation is being conducted.

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