Last year, they came by the drove, more than 100,000 in all. They clogged every street going into and out of downtown Phoenix, waving Mexican and U.S. flags to show their support for immigration reform. This year, they didn’t even fill the Plaza at the State Capital.
Today’s march, now underway, is considerably smaller than last year’s. Police have put no exact estimate on the number of protesters, but say that the number is only a little over 10,000. At this point there have been no reports of violence or major disturbances. A light rain in the area has also helped hold down numbers.
The marches were originally the result of debate in Congress over immigration reform. Hispanics supported open immigration by the thousands, with an estimated 500,000 protesting in Chicago. In Arizona, the slogan for the marhcers was Si Se Puede-Yes We Can.
There were also a small number of protesters at the march, but there were no reports of disturbances.