On Wednesday, May 25, Fernando Chirino, a second-year English major from the University of California, Irvine, was among five protesters arrested during a demonstration against the Minuteman Project, a civilian activist group that patrols America’s southern border in an attempt to stop illegal entry into the country.
Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project, appeared at the Garden Grove Women’s Club to deliver a speech to the California Coalition for Immigration Reform. Approximately 300 opponents of the group gathered outside, including students from El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan and Students for Peace and Justice.
Protesters held signs calling the Minutemen ‘fascist scum’ and accusing them of ‘racism.’
The protest became violent, according to police, when Hal Netkin, a Minuteman supporter, attempted to drive his van into a parking lot and was blocked by protesters, who pounded on his car.
Netkin continued to drive through the crowd, knocking two protesters to the ground. Netkin was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, but police later dropped charges against him.
According to police, demonstrators then began to throw soda cans. Five protesters
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