Opposing rallies prompt heavy police presence in Chicano Park
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police were increasing their presence in Chicano Park Saturday as a white-nationalist group gathered at the landmark to hold a “Patriot Picnic” demonstration.
The group, Bordertown Patriots, is demonstrating near the park’s colorful murals depicting various elements of Mexican and Mexican-American culture.
Counterprotesters were also expected at the park. Officers were stationed throughout the area and were monitoring the situation.
The crowd is estimated to be around 700 people, according to SDPD.
Protesters said they would like to raise the American flag over the site, which otherwise flies a flag of Aztlan — the legendary homeland of the Aztecs.
“…it should not be tolerated to fly only one foreign flag in a city owned park without the accompanying American flag while idolizing enemies of the nation and displaying openly un-American murals that teach children they live in the `wrong’ country,” Bordertown Patriots said in a press release.
Three arrests were made as of 12:00 p.m., one for punching an officer in the face.