By Matt Handocerdos
Pro-vendor graffiti and big character posters have appeared around Exposition Park in Los Angeles, in support of las Unidades de Defensa Populares Revolucionarias (UDPR).
This is the second time that militants have propagandized revolutionary messages of support for the immigrant street vendor masses at Exposition Park, who have faced retaliation in the form of arrest and attacks as recently as last week.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, with the muscle of law enforcement behind it, has been harassing and attacking vendors for years at Exposition Park in South Central Los Angeles. Public Health employees have violently stolen their food carts, tossed all their food into trash bags and assaulted the immigrant street vendor masses.
This was brought to a head when street vendor leader Ana was arrested last Monday by the California Highway Patrol after standing up to Public Health employees who were harassing and brutalizing vendors at the park. Ana was released later that night with a false charge of battery on a peace officer, as reported earlier by Incendiary.
There has also been at least one reported case of California State Police arresting and handing over an undocumented Salvadoran immigrant street vendor, Gladis Hernandez, over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
But the militant street vendors and the UDPR continue to build a campaign against law enforcement and Public Health.
Red Guards Los Angeles published pro-vendor propaganda photos on their website with the following words:
“Red Guards – Los Angeles unequivocally supports the Unidades de Defensa Populares Revolucionarias (UDPR) and calls on the masses and militants to fight back against the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Highway Patrol, the California State Police and the Los Angeles Police Department. Long live the UDPR! Long live the militant vendors!”