Sunday, September 03, 2006

Anti-Communist Protest is "Hate-Speech"?

First this happened:

Two men entered Latino Books y Mas in Palm Springs on July 5 with video cameras and confronted the principal owner of the store, Tonia Bustamante-Ramirez, because she sells books and posters featuring Mexican revolutionary heroes Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, and Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

So the Cuba-lovers and their ilk struck back:

About 100 people marched through downtown Palm Springs on Thursday night to demonstrate against what protesters said was anti-Latino hate speech and intimidation at a store that sells Latino books and crafts.

But the "hate speech" charge did not stick:

Several protesters called on Palm Springs police to investigate the bookstore occurrence as a "hate crime." Sgt. Mitch Spike said police looked into the matter and determined that, although the incident was "unfortunate," no law was broken.

More details here

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