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Scenes from a mini-'Occupy': Latino protesters in South Gate

Criticism of the "Occupy" protests that began last month in New York - which by now have spawned a widespread series of mini-Occupies - as being too white has never completely applied in Los Angeles, where Latinos and other minorities have played at least a small part since the start. And less so now with the spread of mini-protests like "Occupy South Gate," a campout that began last week in the 95 percent Latino southeast L.A. County city.

As with the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and its big-city offspring, the central thread tying particiants together in these smaller protests is the economic crisis, with a variety of other issues thrown in. Interviews with late-night campers this weekend outside South Gate City Hall posted by TheBoxer93 (who peppered his questions with conspiracy theories and random non-sequiturs) reveal younger Latinos concerned with issues that are not Latino-specific, but which relate to general concerns like the economy, transparency in government, education and the real estate bust, which disproportionately affected the fortunes of Latino and black Americans.

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