Police turn out for immigration protest

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Police were in full force Saturday, May 6, in anticipation of a mass protest of the Minuteman Project’s meeting about illegal immigration at Rockford Public Library.

A dozen protesters (top photo) were very peaceful and committed. Armando Cardenas said he thought the heavy police presence (center photo) scared most protesters off. Other reports said Hispanic leaders discouraged attendance.

“They gave a party, and nobody came,” said one observer.

As pictured in the top right photo, police closed off downtown from the Rock River to Church Street and from West State to Jefferson streets. Police also had snipers on the library’s roof.

The Minuteman meeting (bottom photo) was attended by approximately 70 people and was very orderly and professional.

From the May 10-16, 2006, issue

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