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Border watchers attacked; L.A. Times downplays incident, gloats

From "Border watchers attacked during training session":
A group called Gente Unita confronted volunteer border watchers in San Diego yesterday with obscenities, shoving and U.S. flag desecration, causing Friends of the Border to abandon a planned deployment and an apology by the group's leader for not having police protection for senior citizen and other members of the group...

One eyewitness told WND he saw members of Gente Unita assault four members of the border-watch group, including organizer Capt. Drew Johnson, a retired Navy officer.

"Gente Unita stole an American flag, ripped from its staff and trampled it, as captured on film by cameraman Larry Morgan," said Roger Canfield, a former Republican congressional candidate...

"Shouting obscenities and slogans, Gente Unita shoved, jostled, and twice pushed their way into the center in 32 minutes of disorderly conduct as also witnessed by center staff and others at the center to take a state notary exam," Canfield said.

One man allegedly shouted, "We''re going to shut you the f--- down," in the face of several volunteers.

Others, he said, broke off from the group to attack the check-in table located under a flag pole. While the larger group was charging the entryway of the Scottish Rite Center, two others grabbed a U.S. flag on a wooden staff, a confidential list of names, knocked over the table, knocked a hat off Johnson and roughed up volunteer Beverly Crawford...
Needless to say, if the SD sheriffs had been there in the first place, there's a possibility that they might have done something. However, there have been past reports of them not being sympathetic to pleas for help from other border watchers.

But, if they had been informed, no one could say that there's the possibility that the FOBP intended this to happen the way it did. So, in the future they need to let the cops know where they're going to be.

Now, turning our attention to the Los Angeles Times, how do you think they handled this matter? Certainly, if Minutemen had attacked lefties, wouldn't they highlight that? Of course.

Instead, we get "Minuteman-Style Border Patrol Is Over in No Time" from Anna Gorman and Richard Marosi.

Senior citizens attacked by violent far-lefties, and that's what the LAT offers?

They refer to what WND described above as a "minor scuffle":
...Pushing and shoving broke out early Saturday after about 20 counterdemonstrators marched into the Scottish Rites Center in San Diego, where Border Watch volunteers had come to register for training, according to witnesses and police. One counterdemonstrator was cited for battery after he allegedly knocked down someone unaffiliated with either group.

Pushing and shoving broke out early Saturday after about 20 counterdemonstrators marched into the Scottish Rites Center in San Diego, where Border Watch volunteers had come to register for training, according to witnesses and police. One counterdemonstrator was cited for battery after he allegedly knocked down someone unaffiliated with either group...

[On Friday, FOBC] were drowned out by a mariachi band and about 30 jeering counterdemonstrators waving Mexican flags and chanting in Spanish for the "caza migrantes" — migrant hunters — to go home...
I'd imagine that about the only differences between the LAT report and that offered by, for instance, the CPUSA would be that the CPUSA report would have even more triumphalism, and it would also be more accurate. The L.A. Times might as well be a Mexican newspaper for all their support of the U.S.

UPDATE: There are purported videos of the "scuffle" at these addresses, but I haven't watched any of them:

media.putfile.com/scene2
media.putfile.com/scene147
media.putfile.com/scene3

Immigration2005b · Mon, 09/19/2005 - 10:34 · Importance: 1