In 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War, Mexican Americans and other Latinos were dying at a rate disproportionate to their numbers in the general population. Organizers in Los Angeles called for a Moratorium March to draw attention to the high mortality rate of Latinos and to call for an end to the war. But how to organize such a massive demonstration? They hit on the plan. They'd organize local moratoriums, city by city, garnering a groundswell support for a major march to take place on August 29, 1970. Some 30,000 attended the Los Angeles march from throughout the United States. But the festive and celebratory event turned violent when Los Angeles Police and Sheriffs attacked an unarmed civilian crowd with teargas and batons. The riot that ensued from the police attack resulted in more than 600 arrests and the death of three people, including Los Angeles Times columnist Rubén Salazar. Latinopia interviewed one of the key Moratorium march organizers, Rosalio Muñoz.. This video was produced, is owned and copyrighted by Barrio Dog Productions Inc. and is posted on vimeo and Latinopia by permission. Footage from the documentary "Requiem 29" directed and edited by David García, is copyrighted by Yolanda García Provost and is incorporated into the Latinopia video by permission.

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