Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pics from El Grito protest…

Yesterday’s celebration of Mexico’s bicentennial of its struggle for independence at Millennium Park was great fun. Not only because the music was great (man that kids choir from Michoacán was really something). Not only because the crowd was so festive. Not only because it was terrific to see so many friends and family I haven’t seen in awhile. But because of the surprise protest targeting the Consul General which took place during the El Grito. It was a huge embarrassment for the Consul who was at the center of yesterday’s festivities.

Members of Chicago’s local Mexican community have long felt that the Consul has been disrespectful towards them, placing greater emphasize on creating a cozy relationship with the powers that be than serving the community’s needs.

The protest involved the unfurling of 4 banners at strategic locations letting the Consul know he is no longer welcome in Chicago.

Now that’s the way to celebrate a revolution.

You can find links to my pictures of the protest here…

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