Remembering the 1970 Chicano Moratorium

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Two young men hold a banner that says, "National Chicano Moratorium, East Los Angeles, August 29." Photo courtesy of LA Public Library/Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection.

Fifty years ago, the Chicano Moratorium sought to underscore the costs of the Vietnam War among Latinos. What started out as a peaceful demonstration ended violently. Riot-clad police attacked the crowd, and the crowd pushed back. When it was all over, 400 people were arrested, and four people were dead. One of those killed was Los Angeles Times reporter and KMEX news director Rubén Salazar.