Hillary Clinton’s ego took a serious bruising when hundreds of protesters descended upon East Los Angeles College, where she was speaking, to express their anger and frustration with the presidential hopeful. The majority of the protesters were outside the college, though some made their way inside to express their disdain for Mrs. Clinton. She had arrived in East Los Angeles on Thursday night to honor the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo.
The protesters, some carrying Bernie Sanders signs, included a variety of groups, each with their own issues. Some were protesting Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to release her “bank” speaking engagement transcripts. Others had issue with her “super-predator” remarks, made in 1994. Still others protested the crime bill her husband, President Bill Clinton signed in 1994. And some were there to protest Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the 2009 Honduras coup.
One group leader shouted into a loud-speaker,
“Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party have to know that they cannot come to Los Angeles, occupy Mexico on Cinco de Mayo, and think that we are not going to come out and denounce them!
Maritza Galvez, a 21-year-old student at the college, carried a sign that read,
“We only matter when it’s Cinco de Mayo.”
Among the protesters were members of Union del Barrio, a political group in South Los Angeles. They stated Hillary Clinton has been a part of anti-immigration policies, including deporting undocumented children and did not support a national $15 minimum wage.
Other protesters carried signs reading:
“Black Lives Matter Not Super-predators,”
“Hillary Do You Friends Make $12 or $15?”
“NAFTA? IRAQ WAR? HONDURAS? Hmmm?”
“Release the Transcripts,” “Welcome to LA Where Hispandering to Chicanos Doesn’t Work!!!”
Inside, Clinton was confronted at the rope line by a protester. The individual was surrounded by police quickly and taken out. Another protester, who appeared to be protesting Clinton’s role in the 2009 coup in Honduras, shouted, “She killed Berta! She killed Berta!” This is a reference to Berta Caceres, a Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader, who called out Hillary Clinton for her role in the coup, before she was assassinated in March.
After Clinton’s rally, protesters formed two long lines along a narrow pathway and yelled at Hillary supporters as they exited the rally, saying,
“She’s a liar! Liar! Why are you voting for a liar? Hillary Fuera East LA!” (meaning “get out”).