Three thousand marchers descended on the Federal Building in downtown San Diego, today, May 1st, in protest of the new immigration law passed by the State of Arizona. They had at first rallied in Chicano Park, and then paraded over to the other side of downtown.
Already in front of the Federal Building was an estimated 150 counter-demonstrators, waving anti-immigrant signs,and making noise. About another hundred folks, supportive of the marchers, were on the opposite side of the street.
As the march proceeded from the Park to downtown, neighborhood residents and others joined it as it made its way northwest.
Once the marchers reached Front Street they swarmed the area, completely overwhelming in sheer numbers, chants, signs and flags those protesting the protest.
Police and protest security stood between the two groups who were separated by only one lane. Several remarked how close the police allowed the two sides to get to one another.
Once they passed the counter-rally, the marchers staged a gathering with speeches and more chanting. The counter-protesters melted away.
The entire demonstration, the rally at Chicano Park, the march to the Federal Building with another rally was organized in only three days.