Chicano Moratorium
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The Mexican-American march against the Vietnam War

In the 1960s Mexican Americans drafted to fight in the Vietnam war were dying at twice the rate of their white compatriots. In response, the Chicano community across the US began campaigning against the conflict.

The movement, which became known as the Chicano Moratorium, culminated in a major protest in Los Angeles in August 1970 that was met with a heavy handed police response and resulted in the deaths of three people.

Rosalio Munoz was one of the organisers of the march now seen as a major step in the Latino fight for civil rights in the US. He spoke to Witness about the day and its consequences.

Witness is a World Service programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

  • 26 Aug 2015
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